Places to Find Coins with your Metal Detector


We’ve all read the Metal Detecting How-To’s about relic hunting at civil war sites, or the articles about How to find your first silver coin. Those type of articles are very helpful and definitely make us better detectorists but I recently noticed a weird phenomenon. Hardly anyone bothers to write about how or where to find modern coins. Most of you reading this right now are sitting there thinking “Why would anyone bother to write an article about common coins? I mean, what’s the point?” I would venture to say that most veteran detectorists do not set out on a hunt looking for clad coins specifically, but there are some casual detectorists that enjoy finding coins, any coin.

Personally I would rather find a dime or a quarter than to dig another pop tab or piece of aluminum can. Hey, it’s money, and it all spends at the end of the day. For some reason, to me, there is a weird satisfaction in knowing that my target was actually a coin and not just another piece of trash. After several years in the hobby I’ve noticed that certain areas produce more coins than others and here I’ll share with you some of the best places to go coin hunting.

Parks & Playgrounds

– Most of the coins I find at parks are found around sidewalks or in fields where people run and play.  Opem fields and under trees are both fairly productive areas for finding coins in parks. On playgrounds, usually the area immediately around the swings is also a good place to find a few coins.

Fairgrounds or Carnivals

– Any area where games or food booths are set up. Coins can be dropped easily while people are reaching into their pockets or purses, especially when they’re caught up in the lights and sounds of the fair.

Swimming Areas

-Beaches, Lakes, Creeks, Rivers – Coins and other items are lost regularly around swimming areas. Most people don’t have pockets on their swimsuits, and even if they do coins are still dropped regularly. Figure out where most people sit in the shade or sunbathe, and concentrate your search for coins in those areas.

Picnic Areas

– Picnic areas or areas with large trees that create a lot of shade. People like to sit under shade trees and in flat areas. Coins can easily fall out of pockets when people are sitting on the ground, so detect in areas where people sit to read a book or have a picnic.

Grass or Gravel Parking Areas

– Grass and even gravel parking lots can be a great place to search for lost coins. When people pull their keys out of their pockets coins and other items can be dropped in the grass or gravel. A coin falling on the grass won’t make any noise and more often than not the depositor doesn’t realize that he’s dropped anything. Don’t neglect gravel parking lots either, coins are lost there as well and they usually don’t sink very far either.

Old School Sites or Churches

– Places where a lot of people gathered over long periods of time are good spots to detect. Churches and old schools are usually gathering places for special events and can be great spots to find coins.

Under the Bleachers

– If it’s possible to detect under the bleachers at your local ball field, try using a 4 or 5 inch ‘sniper’ coil that will allow you to get closer to the metal bleachers with less interference. Smaller coils also separate coins from trash targets more efficiently. Coins can fall out of pockets when seated on bleachers, so be sure to check under the bleachers.

Old Campgrounds

– Camping areas are an often overlooked place for finding coins, and can be a honey hole for you. Old camp grounds usually hold old coins, so you may even find a few silver coins there too!

Final Thoughts

Obviously there are other places to find coins. For that matter, coins can be found just about anywhere that people frequent, but this list should get you started on becoming a millionaire…one coin at a time.

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Silver Coins Found Metal Detecting

Here’s a Few Silver Coins that I’ve found while metal detecting the last few years.

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2014 was my best year for silver coins so far and hopefully 2015 will be an even better year than last year!

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Recent Relic Finds

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted to my blog so here are a few pics of some of my recent finds…

1943 Mercury Dime

1943 Mercury Dime

I found this 1941 Merc Dime Recently at an old homestead in the woods with my AT Pro Metal Detector

'43 Mercury Dime Reverse

’43 Mercury Dime Reverse

'38 Wheatie & Smith's Pride buttons.

’38 Wheatie & Smith’s Pride buttons.

Smith's Pride Button

Smith’s Pride Button

Button Patent Date

Button Patent Date

Small Ladies Watch

Small Ladies Watch



An Arkansas farmer strikes a match on the button of his overalls, ca. 1940.

The RailRoad Button

‘The Railroad’ Overalls Button

– I also found these other overalls buttons.

Eurotek Pro Find

Tuf Nut Overalls Button – Eurotek Pro Find

The overalls button was found at an old homesite in an area that hasn’t produced much in the past. The Eurotek Pro metal detector found it easily at around 6 inches deep. The Tuf Nut Garment Company produced overalls, pants, shirts and “autoals” for the working man. The garments were proudly made of 100% southern cotton. Circa 1930 – 1970.

FITZ Overalls Button

FITZ Overalls Button

Shirley President Suspender Buckle

Shirley President Suspender Buckle

Believe it or not, I actually wanted to find one of these Shirley President suspender buckles. They are a neat find and I was happy to dig this one!


This Pig was a Neat Find

This Pig was a Neat Find

This pig is heavy but I have no idea what it was used for?

Arkansas Automoblie Club Emblem

Arkansas Automobile Club Emblem





Good Luck "Coin" w Nail?

Good Luck “Coin” w Nail?

This coin or token has a nail through it and leads me to believe that it may have been nailed to a door or doorframe. I found it within feet of a door at an old homestead.


A Few Relics

A Few Relics

'43 Merc

’43 Merc

Gettin That Nectar!

Gettin That Nectar!

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Minelab Explorer and E-Trac Handbook

So you have your new Minelab Explorer or E-Trac metal detector, but you don’t know how to use it yet, well don’t worry, we’ve got ya covered!

Author Andy Sabich has put together the The Minelab Explorer & E-Trac Handbook for those who are just starting out with their new Minelab Metal Detectors. Book features etrac tips and tricks, explorer tips and more!

The Minelab Explorer & E-Trac Handbook

The Minelab Explorer & E-Trac Handbook

This handbook will help you cut the learning curve in half!  Andy explains everything you need to know so that you can start finding the good stuff today!

In stock and Ships Fast… Order Yours Today! Get tips on how to use your etrac metal detector.

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Shield Nickel Metal Detecting Find

In order to find old things, you have to go to old places.

Recently I had a chance to travel and go metal detecting in Kansas with a friend at a property that dates to the early 1800’s. The property owner told us that there used to be an old house that once sat at the back half of his property. My friend and I decided to metal detect where we believe was the yard of an old victorian era house. The grass and brush was knee high in most areas so we concentrated on detecting the spots where it was possible to swing a metal detector.

We had dug our share of scrap metals, shotgun headstamps, tabs, pull tabs, bits of aluminum cans, square nuts and even a horseshoe. I was using my AT Pro and heard a nickel or tab tone in my headphones. I could tell that it was a smaller coin sized target, and the target ID numbers were lower than the usual nickel numbers, but the tone was what caught my attention because it had that coin sound to it.

I decided to dig the target and about 5 inches deep I noticed something round laying on top of the dirt that I had just turned over. At first I thought it was a wheat penny but I couldn’t tell because the coin was so dirty.

Shield Nickel circa 1866-1883 Date Uncertain

Shield Nickel circa 1866-1883

The 5 on the front showed us it ws a nickel. I thought it might be a V nickel. We couldn’t make out the design on the reverse but when the coin was still dirty I could tell that it has some sort of shield on it. It turns out that this coin is a circa 1866-1883 Shield Nickel.

circa 1866-1883 Date Uncertain

circa 1866-1883
Date Uncertain

It’s unfortunate that the reverse of the coin is so worn that I haven’t been able to get an exact date off of it. Since this coin doesn’t have ray’s between the stars on the front this shield nickel most likely dates from 1867 to 1883.

The Shield nickel was the first United States five-cent piece to be made out of copper-nickel, the same alloy of which American nickels are struck today.

Read more about the interesting History of Shield Nickel Here.

We had a great hunt, and finding this shield nickel is a good indicator that we’ve located a very old property that could potentially hold a lot of great finds in the future for both of us.


It was an epic hunt for me, and I am honored to be able to detect with such a great friend on a property like this. To find a Shield Nickel while I was there was icing on the cake. I can’t wait to get back out there and see what else we can find!

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