My First Day Metal Detecting with Micronta 3001 Metal Detector

When I was trying to decide what hobby I wanted to get into I wanted to find something that I could do alone that would allow me to unwind from work every weekend. I remembered back when I was about 10 years old a couple cousins and I buried a time capsule in the back yard near a large tree. Our items consisted of hot wheels cars, various coins and whatever else we thought could fit in the hole we had dug in the ground.

When I remembered that day it triggered something in my mind. I had always wanted to find lost treasures, and the memory of burying those items crossed my mind and made me wonder if that stuff is still buried by that tree. That’s when it hit me! Maybe I should take up metal detecting…

I went online and googled metal detecting and metal detectors and spent hours reading various forum posts and articles about metal detecting, then I spent hours on end watching metal detecting videos on youtube. I was sick with it, and as you can see I still am. :) The more I read and watched about metal detecting the more I wanted to go metal detecting!

I started telling friends about my interest in detecting, and my buddy Dave told me he had an old metal detector he would let me borrow.


Micronta 3001 Metal Detector – Image:

A Micronta 3001 Metal Detector, an old VLF type of metal detector with a meter and needle indicator.


Nothing fancy, but it would detect metal and that is all I needed or wanted at the time because I didn’t know the difference in one detector and another!

I went by my buddies house and picked up the detector one cold winter evening. On the way home I could hardly contain myself thinking about all of the coins and other cool stuff I was going to find.

It was 11:30 pm, 30 degrees outside with a full moon. All I had was a small garden trowel and a metal detector, but off I went to my back yard.

Every signal got my heart racing. Every signal made me feel like a 9 year old kid again! Every target had my adrenaline rushing through my body, and every target gave me a sense of discovery. It was like Christmas every hole!

The 30 degree weather didn’t bother me, nor did the lack of a pinpointer or flashlight. It simply didn’t matter because I was having FUN!

My finds included a spark plug, a CO2 cartridge, twist off beer caps, pencil eraser, matchbox car, foil and of course random pieces of iron and nails! It didn’t matter, every target was a new discovery and I was having fun because I was finding metal. I didn’t know the difference in a Micronta or a Minelab metal detector, all I knew was that I was finding metal items and I was having fun.

Since then I have had the luxury of owning or using many metal detectors ranging from introductory machines to detectors that cost over $1000. All of my metal detectors have brought me joy in the field, but if I am being honest, that particlar night metal detecting under the moonlight is the most fun I’ve ever had metal detecting.

That brings me to a good point… You do not have to have the most expensive gear to go metal detecting. Your detector doesn’t have to cost thousands of dollars to get out in the field and start finding stuff. All a guy really needs is a decent introductory metal detector and a good digger if he can afford it. A pinpointer is a luxury, and some would say a necessity, but you “can” find stuff without one.

Metal detecting is a fun hobby that doesn’t require a lot of money to get started. Obviously, with a little more money you can get a detector with more advanced features, but you don’t have to break the bank getting started.

The main thing about metal detecting is to get out there and have fun, and when I think back to one of my most fun hunts ever, it was that night under the moon light with my Micronta 3001 metal detector and a pouch full of excitement at every beep! If I am ever back home and get the chance to metal detect I am going to go back and ask permission to detect by that tree… I wonder if those items are still there? Wouldn’t that be a cool hunt to blog about?

Have fun out there my friends, THAT is what metal detecting is all about!

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Barber Dime found with Minelab E-TRAC

Recently I have been using a buddies Minelab E-Trac metal detector in an effort to learn it for when I get my own E-Trac. I’ve used it a couple of times, but this past Saturday was my first time using the E-TRAC for any period of time, basically my 2nd hunt with it as well.

I took it to the spot where I had my best silver day ever, and then went back and found even more silver. So, I figured that I might be able to sniff some silver out with the Minelab E-Trac too.

I should say first that I have done quite a bit of reading and research via YouTube videos on Minelab E-Trac Settings for Metal Detecting Deep Silver Coins so, I wasn’t detecting blindly. I’ve learned quite a bit from the internet, friends, videos, during my short time detecting with the e-trac, so I guess you could say I am ahead of the game as far as my limited experience with the “E”.

Anyway, when I got to my detecting spot, I started detecting in the area where I had found silvers previously and was pulling wheat pennies out from around 6 inches deep, consistently. I was having fun, but the thought crossed my mind “You’ve detected here a couple of times, and maybe others have as well, but maybe they haven’t detected over there on that side.”

So, I ventured over there and started swinging using a custom Andy Sabisch pattern which I tweaked to my own settings, I started swinging. Immediately I realized that there was targets everywhere! I mean there was definitely no shortage of targets to find. I got a nice sounding high tone and decided to investigate it further.

In my short experience with the E-Trac I have learned that when looking for silver coins the fe number isn’t as important as the co or conductive number, and that if the conductive number stays fairly consistent after a few swings over the target, then you want to dig.

Using that knowledge, as I was swinging over the target I noticed that the conductive number stayed between a 42 and a 45 with each swing. Coupled with the tone, the depth meter, the cursor on the screen being in the top right corner where most silver coins display and the sweet sound of the target, I decided to dig.

I use the Lesche Sampson shovel when hunting areas outside of playgrounds and it has a 7 inch blade on it, so I stepped on it and drove it into the ground, making a circle as I dug, I pulled out a 7 inch plug and put it beside the hole. Grabbing my pinpointer, I realized that the target was just a bit deeper, so I grabbed half a scoop of dirt and laid it next to the hole, that’s when I saw something black yet silver colored.

I grabbed it, and noticed a wreath on it and realized that it was a coin and not a button like I originally thought it might be. Inside the wreath it said “One Dime.” That’s when I realized I actually had an old coin, but what type of coin? I’d never dug this type of coin, so I flipped it over and that’s when I realized that it was a Barber Dime like I had seen on the internet before.


I was MIND BLOWN, I have been looking for a Barber of any type for 5 years! I honestly didn’t think I would find one in my area. I mean, as my subscribers know, I have used many types of metal detectors in my quest to find silvers. Most of them have found silvers at some point, but, just mercury dimes, Roosevelt dimes and Washington quarters, and while I enjoy finding those, I still want to find other types of silvers that I see others find. As stated, I didn’t think I’d ever find a Barber, but I finally did!

Someone asked me “Do you think your AT Pro could have found that dime?” Yes, with the proper coil on it, it could have reached that dime, however, it must be stated that I use the 5×8 coil on the AT Pro, and I doubt the ATP would have hit on a 7 inch + dime, maybe a quarter, but I am unsure about a dime at that depth. – I DID NOT test the machines side by side on that target, so the real answer is “I don’t know if it would have hit on that dime or not.”

Fact of the matter is, the E-Trac DID find a Barber dime on my first real hunt with it! I am STOKED to finally have found a Barber dime after all these years of looking. Call it technology, call it luck, call it skill, call it whatever you want to call it, but I call it E-lation at finding a previously elusive coin.

I have a feeling that when I get some experience in the drivers seat of the E-Trac, I’m going to be posting some really cool finds!

I suspect that the area where I am pulling silver is just starting to reveal what is really there! I have done some extensive research on this area, and I can tell you with certainty, the POTENTIAL for some amazing finds there in the future is VERY HIGH that I may pull something mind blowing from there eventually! That excites me, and I bet you can guess where I’ll be spending some time in the future!

Sorry for writing a novel, it’s easy to do when you’re excited!

Thanks for reading about my Barber Dime find. I hope soon you too find something that gets your heart beating faster! Until then, Good luck out there my friends!

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Frister and Rossmann Sewing Machine Tag

You never know what you’re going to find while out metal detecting. I was looking at maps of some properties that I have permission to detect when I realized that one of the properties once had an old hotel that sat where a patch of woods not sits.

Once there I noticed remnants of the foundation and decided to try my luck around there. It didn’t take long to realize that there was metal junk strewn all over that patch of woods. I did manage to get one good target though. At the time I thought it was a hotel key tag, but once I got it cleaned up I realized that it was something different.


It turns out that it is a Tag from an early Frister and Rossmann Sewing Machine.


“Frister & Rossmann was established in 1864 close to Berlin. In the 1880’s the Company was awarded Medals at various International Exhibitions.

Frister & Rossmann became Germany’s largest sewing machine manufacturer a position it held until 1902.

The Company started exporting sewing machines to England circa 1870.”


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