using metal detectors at the beach

High-Tech Gold Prospecting

With gold standing at over $1200 per ounce, many people have begun prospecting for gold, hoping to make a small fortune with the hobby.  Gold can be difficult to find and weekend prospectors are always trying to find easier ways to get a hold of the elusive metal.  A tool that may help these hobbyists to find gold is a gold metal detector.

Using Metal Detectors to Hunt for Gold

A metal detector helps you find any metal that may be buried in the ground.  When you scan the ground, the detector will emit a noise, alerting you to the presence of metal.  For a gold detector, it alerts you that you’ve found gold.

Gold is one of the metals that detectors can find because they have more conductivity than tin or iron does.  The other metals they can detect are:

  •  Silver
  • Copper
  • Lead
  • Zinc
  • Nickel

When you use a metal detector, it doesn’t react to the mass of the object, but to the surface area.  So, you won’t know how big the item is until you dig or pick it up.  An old bullet may give off a strong signal that a coin that is on its edge, so you won’t know until you look at the metal what the detector has found.

gold found using a gold detector

While you may be buying a detector specifically for gold, detectors will find all metals, as they are designed to do.  Metal detectors don’t just find one particular type of metal, it would be nice if they could do that, but they are made to seek out a magnetic field produced when you move the detector over a metal object.

Electricity runs through the detector, down through the coil and produces a magnetic field.  Conductive metals are found when there own magnetic field is detected and an audible signal is sent back to the detector.

So, while you don’t know what has been found, if you are in an area known to have gold, that might be what has been detected.

Most prospectors will use metal detectors in areas in which gold mines used to exist.  This could be along the base of a mountain out in the desert or in the hills of a forest.  As long as gold was once documented in the area, using a metal detector for finding gold is a good method and a quick way to prospect for it, but don’t look to get rich over night, gold is hard to find.

Where to Look For Gold with Your Gold Detector

The Beach

The beach is the most popular place for people to hunt for gold with their gold detectors, one of the main reasons being that people lose their gold items that they carry in their pockets and bags.

When they go swimming too, people lose chains, bracelets and rings, which eventually wash up onto the beach. It is almost impossible to find these items on a sandy beach, unless you have a gold detector.

gold prospecting at the beach

There are however, several other places where gold can be found by using a gold detector, including:
Athletic fields and school grounds — because these places are visited by thousands of people every year, makes them one of the best places to hunt for gold with your gold detector.

A great place to look is under the benches. Items fall out of the pockets of the spectators that sit on them and rings and other pieces of gold jewelry can be found on the ground underneath the benches.

Graveyards and Church Grounds

to some people, plenty of old gold coins have been discovered next to the walls around graveyards and old churches. Apparently, people lost items of gold while sitting on the walls.

Building foundations and old building sites — the sites of old churches, factories and houses can be amazing sources for old coins and items made from other precious metals.

Underwater Settings in Popular Swimming Streams and Lakes

Gold items can easily be found right at the water’s edge, in the sand and gravel. In and around docks and boatyards are also great places for detecting gold.

Sewers, Sluices, Runoffs and Drainage Pipes

A pipe for instance, that drains from a pond into a stream, or from one stream to another, can be a brilliant place to find gold pieces, as are the runoffs from reservoirs and lakes. The smaller, harder-to-spot items of gold get carried along and deposited with the plastic bottles and other debris.

Forests —

Gold can also be found in forests, especially in the following areas:

  • Dumping sites
  • Old settlements
  • Old homesteads
  • Camping grounds
  • Old footpaths

Items of gold could easily have been dropped or lost in any of the above places.

hunting for gold

Make sure that you’re allowed to go to these places to hunt for gold!

The above locations are some of the best places to hunt for gold with your gold detector but to be on the safe side, ask permission before you go into any of these places to look for gold. The same applies to state parks, where it could be against the law to remove anything of value that you find — sometimes you are required to return valuable items to the state.

Generally, graveyards are the property of churches or other religious organizations, or the state where they are situated. Abandoned buildings on large tracts of land too, normally belong to someone.

It usually takes just a call to the local police department to find out if you are allowed to go hunting for gold in certain places and whether or not you can keep the items that you discover with your detector.

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