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  1. Now the kids get to imagine the rival pirate who uncovered their hoard. I bet upstate Vermont still has the trove of gold-painted rocks I buried there when I was seven, but I'm taking its location to the grave.
  2. I felt mosquitoes tapdancing on my neck just from reading your first sentence. Sweet B-ball pendant, though, you should totally rock that the next time you play a little three-on-three.
  3. Have to second the onyx votes. I've seen an onyx ring almost identical to this one on my coworker.
  4. A fresh, new beginning. That is what we are all hoping 2021 brings after the wild and crazy ride experienced in 2020. When I learned of a large metal detecting event called Florida Hunt 7 being planned for February 2021 in Florida, I thought “what a perfect way to start the new year!” A little additional research revealed that Florida Hunt 7 wasn’t your standard gathering of metal detectorists. The event was hosted and organized by the folks at Camp Freedom, just outside of sunny Melrose, Florida. Camp Freedom is the base camp for Soldiers Freedom Outdoors, a non-profit organization founded in 2012 dedicated to serving our active-duty and retired service veterans by providing an eco and equine therapy retreat, encompassing several hundred acres, designed to help heal the hidden wounds of war. As a veteran myself with more than three decades of service, the knowledge that all entry donations and proceeds would be invested back into Camp Freedom made my deliberations on whether to attend a “no-brainer”…I had to be a part of this experience and give back to our nation’s veterans! A quick call to the awesome folks at Kellyco, for whom I am a VIP Test Team member and an affiliate, confirmed that the Kellyco staff team planned to have a major presence at Florida Hunt 7. Not surprising given the core values of Kellyco. Founded more than 60 years ago by Stuart Auerbach, a U.S. Army soldier and a veteran himself, Kellyco’s focus remains solidly on course with Stu’s vision of helping the community, bringing families together, preserving history, and sharing the metal detecting hobby with the world. Before The Hunt Planning began in earnest. This was to be a road trip in my Reawakening History customized 4×4 Relic Rogue detecting vehicle, outfitted to the hilt with equipment and gear for any condition or weather eventuality. The 11-plus hour trip from my home in the Williamsburg, Virginia, region would take me through five states, and from mid-30 degree weather to mid-80-degree weather…a mid-Winter challenge I was more than willing to accept! Little did I know the level of the challenge awaiting me, however, as a severe ice storm rolled into Virginia at the very hour of my departure, making the first few hours of my trip a slippery, treacherous maze of avoiding salt trucks and vehicle accidents! Sadly, the storm ultimately resulted in tens of thousands without power for days, but it did not stop my mission to reach Florida Hunt 7! My arrival in the Sunshine State was met with balmy mid-80-degree temperatures and sun…what a difference from just a few hours prior! The parking lot of my Gainesville-area hotel was already filling up with other detectorist’s vehicles, many emblazoned (like mine) with decals declaring their love of the hobby and brand affiliations. Clearly, I had chosen the right hotel! Next came unloading of my gear, organizing, ops-checking all electronic components, and making notes along the way that would help document my Florida Hunt 7 adventure. A quick check of the Florida Hunt 7 Facebook page indicated that more than 200 detectorists planned to attend this hunt, traveling from as far away as California and Washington State! Vendors and sponsors were also coming from far and wide, to include (but not limited to): the Kellyco team rendezvousing from both the central Florida and Tennessee offices/showrooms, Minelab, Garrett, First Texas Products, Adventures in History, Detect America, Gold Digger Metal Detectors, Shooters and Prospectors, and Nokta Makro flying all the way around the world from Turkey! The evening prior to the first hunt day a meet and greet social event was held at a restaurant in the Gainesville area called Hurricane BTW. In addition to nearly the entire Kellyco staff and test team, many detecting personalities were in attendance, including Tim “Ringy” Saylor, “King” George Wyant and Steve Moore from Garrett, Butch Holcombe from American Digger Magazine, Shawn Sgts Discoveries Sherrill, and many, many others. The turn-out was phenomenal and a great time had by all. Florida Hunt 7 – Day 1 Florida Hunt 7, Day One. The first day of the event started with a whirlwind of activity. Vendors and sponsors were on-site first, setting up their booths and displays literally just as soon as the sun began to rise, backdropped by the beautiful Camp Freedom grounds and resident therapy horses. A wide range of metal detecting wares were available from across the spectrum of vendors and industry, making it an incredibly fun and appealing venue. As the sun continued to rise, the seemingly endless procession of vehicles made their way into Camp Freedom, a cornucopia of license plates from all over the country, representing the widespread scope and appeal of the metal detecting hobby in the United States. Detectorists immediately began gearing up and heading for the vendor area, sampling the wares, and engaging in friendly conversation with fellow detectorists, meeting old friends, and making new friends. Today also saw the arrival of two additional detecting personalities, Michael “Nugget Noggin” Bennett, and Britain Lockhart of Depths of History. Before the hunt commenced, Florida Hunt 7 organizer Gregg Papallo and a few others provided opening remarks. They also shared humbling perspectives of personal and related life challenges and tragedies experienced by this country’s brave veterans and their loved ones, and how Camp Freedom through Soldiers Freedom Outdoors has served as a resource to help those in need. For this detectorist, I have not experienced a more sobering and yet heart-warming feeling at the beginning of a group metal detecting event, knowing I was helping the Camp Freedom effort in some small part. And then it began…the hunt was on! The mass of dozens upon dozens of detectorists headed off in different directions, guided by either the research they had performed ahead of the hunt or by simple gut-feeling of where the treasure lay awaiting! I was in the former group, having done my IPB “intelligence preparation of the battlefield” research and identified locations of potential 19th-century activity on the property. My first destination was nearly a mile hike into the thick Florida brush, so I geared up accordingly with plenty of tools and resources to not only get the job done but to stay healthy and hydrated. The morning could not have been more perfect. Having been cooler and rainy the day prior, today the clouds had cleared to welcome a solid blue sky and bright sun. And even better, the forecast for the remainder of the day and Day 2 of the hunt was even more pleasant! Armed with my primary detecting soil assault device, the Garrett AT Max affixed with the Garrett 5×8 DD PROformance coil, I started my hike to my first target destination. I chose the 5×8 coil not only because it is my success-based default coil for the AT Max but owing to the dense Florida under-brush and vines. I expected that the smaller more streamlined footprint of the 5×8 coil would allow me to snake in and around all the dense undergrowth more agilely and allow access areas where larger coils could not tread. That strategy and coil worked very well over the course of this hunt. Other daily-carry gear that I used on this hunt included the Garrett Pro-Pointer AT (aka, Garrett carrot), a Predator Piranha root-slayer shovel, a (NEW) Kellyco Sifter Finds Pouch (bottom of the main compartment is mesh, allowing soil/sand to sift out away from your finds…works awesome!), an MLTools Hori Hori Japanese Digging Knife (this hand tool is super sharp–easily cuts through roots on its own!), and of course my Kellyco camo ball cap to keep my fuzzy crewcut-topped head from sizzling to a crisp in the Florida sun! On approach to a possible 19th-century homesite I had researched, my AT Max sniffed out a bit of historical evidence indicating I was heading in the right direction. The ornate thin, hollow multi-piece brass item was certainly a decorative adornment of some type, perhaps to the top of a set of fireplace andirons, or maybe part of an old oil lamp shaft. The very next target was another keeper, although defied identification at every turn. Some said thimble, some said a cap of some nature, another thought was the clipped end from a metal cigar tube. In any case, it was a further artifact from history and indicated a pattern of life in the area. As the day progressed more finds were made, and more detectorists encountered who shared their recoveries and what they were experiencing. There was no hesitation whatsoever in their willingness to provide descriptions of where they found each item, and what others were finding in the area. Florida Hunt 7 was a team sport, a small, close family getting together for a common purpose and cause. Toward the end of the first day, the hunt organizers held an immense raffle. So many wonderful items were given away that it was literally impossible to keep track. Numerous metal detectors were given away, endless bags of vendor/sponsor-donated goodies, tickets to events, and many amazing hand-crafted items created by folks with amazing skills. This was one of the most robust raffles/giveaways that I have ever witnessed at a metal detecting event. Having said that, I found that a reciprocal give-away was equally incredible. Several vendors/sponsors to include Minelab rallied together on the spur of the moment and donated a dozen metal detectors to Soldiers Freedom Outdoors for veterans to use while at Camp Freedom–something the camp never had before. With the donation of these machines, in addition to hiking, canoeing, fishing, hunting, and horseback riding, the veterans will now also be able to enjoy metal detecting over the several hundred acres of Camp Freedom. Florida Hunt 7 – Day 2 Day 2 of Florida Hunt 7 brought even more beautiful weather, more finds, and more comradery amongst the detectorists and visits with the vendors. There were no planned events for Day 2, so the day was purely allocated to detecting the massive acreage. Along a sandy roadway, my AT Max hit upon a solid yet bouncy signal. I run my AT Max consistently wide open…in Zero mode, no discrimination, no iron audio so that I can let the detector’s tones tell me every facet possible about a target’s composition and shape. The tones from this target told me it was probably irregularly shaped, but almost certainly composed of a more non-ferrous metal. That assessment turned out to be right on the money! About six inches down I was able to recover all three parts of a very old lady’s hand purse/clutch clasp frame. Of course, the first thought that went through my head (aside from “how cool!”) was, ok, I wonder if the contents of the purse are also in the hole! Unfortunately, that was not to be the case in this instance. It definitely conjures up images and thoughts, however, of how and why this lady’s purse came to lie in the brush overlooking a Florida lake, without its contents. Was it children playing with one of the mother’s old purses and left forgotten at their play site? Or was it a robbery, and after the valuables taken and non-valuable contents tossed asunder, the purse discarded while on the run? This is part of the mystery and lure of metal detecting…and Reawakening History! In the end, nearly all Florida Hunt 7 detectorists saved a wide array of relics. It was great to be able to share what I found and see some of the other incredible finds made over the course of the two-day hunt. These finds will of course be cased and displayed as a small window into Florida life from generations past. As Day 2 drew to a close, we all said our farewells to our Florida Hunt 7 hosts and friends from far and wide. Some detectorists were heading back home that evening, some planned to depart the next morning, and some had other plans in the Florida area in the coming days. The latter was my situation…as I planned to begin Part 2 of my Florida adventure, a trip to Kellyco’s Florida showroom! The next morning, I pointed my Relic Rogue south and set off for Casselberry, Florida, the site of Kellyco’s Florida offices and showroom. As a personal aside, during this two-hour trek I was able to catch my first glimpse of Florida alligators in the wild! A 10-plus foot monster and another 5 to 6-foot alligator was chilling on the side of the highway in a water-filled median, not 20 ft from my vehicle! How cool! Wish I could have taken a photo, but safety first…the mission was to get to Kellyco! I was able to spend several awesome hours with the Kellyco team talking about metal detecting in general, upcoming events, and products, to include all the products in their well-appointed showroom! All major metal detecting brands were represented, displaying detectors, pinpointers, shovels and digging tools, sand scoops, finds pouches and travel bags of various styles, foldable seats, attire, and even gold panning systems with practice bags of dirt that actually contain gold! A Visit To The Kellyco Florida Showroom For those that are local to the Florida Kellyco showroom or the East Tennessee Kellyco showroom in Knoxville, TN, they even have an array of metal detectors that are available for rent by the day! The available detectors for rent may vary by location, but generally include the Garrett AT Max Metal Detector with Z-Lynk, Nokta Makro Simplex+ Metal Detector, or Minelab Equinox 800 Metal Detector. All rentals also include a pinpointer and a trowel, allowing a first-time detectorist, or perhaps someone on vacation in the area without a detector to dive right in! In addition to numerous other Kellyco-branded products, they also have their own metal detector carry bags. These newly redesigned travel bags are a huge upgrade, engineered with robust materials and zippers to ensure reliable, long-term use. The latest addition to the Florida showroom is a metal detecting test garden designed by Carolyn Yohannes, Vice President of Community Outreach and Sales. When you mention testbeds or test gardens, to most detectorists they probably envision an outdoor test area that is cleared of all extraneous metal and then sample targets buried to test the performance of various pieces of equipment. However, with Kellyco’s testbed, you can test equipment indoors without concern for the weather, and it is especially helpful if you want to test a particular piece of equipment before purchasing! Pretty cool! A visit to the Florida Kellyco showroom would not be complete without checking out the display of various finds in the showcase. The finds, some donated but most recovered by Kellyco’s own staff detectorists, are pretty cool to peruse! About the New Minelab GPX 6000 In addition to all the other amazing aspects of this trip, I lucked out and was able to get my hands on the brand new Minelab GPX 6000! Debbie Simkoski from Minelab was visiting Kellyco on this day, having also driven down post-Florida Hunt 7, and was kind enough to share her time demoing and explaining what the GPX 6000 brings to the table. I cannot disclose all the details I gleaned, yet, since the detector has not started shipping from Minelab…however, suffice to say the package is impressive! The GPX 6000, designed as a gold detecting machine, is a significant reengineer from previous GPX machines. The system is fully collapsible, and with its carbon fiber shaft…very light, exponentially lighter than most GPX units I have ever experienced. The 11″, 14″ and 17″ coils are waterproof and the control box itself is splash/rainproof, so no more control box raincoats or covers. The GPX 6000 is wireless, coming with ML100 pat™ Low Latency Bluetooth™ headphones, and has a new Geo-Sense-PITM technology that rapidly suppresses interference and unwanted signals via three overlapping feedback systems for superfast detection. I am definitely looking forward to seeing and hearing much more about the GPX 6000 and other advances from Minelab in the near future! Huge thanks to Debbie and Minelab for sharing the time and insight! As they say, all good things must come to an end, and thus did my visit to Kellyco. I cannot say enough good things about the team members I was able to meet, from the President of Kellyco, Jeremy Floyd, to Mark Tymensky, Vice President of Affiliate and Vendor Relations, Carolyn Yohannes, Leilani, Dave, Shelby, Nathan…and the handful of staff I wasn’t able to catch up with…y’all rock! This small, incredibly knowledgeable, dedicated, and enthusiastic 10-person team is the heartbeat of the world’s largest award-winning supplier of metal detectors direct to customers…that is Kellyco. Stu formulated the recipe for success from the beginning…personalized care and superior support to the customer, unparalleled expertise, highest quality products…and those values resonate throughout Kellyco to this day. Until the next time…keep your coils low & level…happy hunting! Exclusive Insight to Florida Hunt 7 by Eric Reed originally appeared on kellycodetectors.com
  5. What do you do when you have multiple Anglo-Saxon burial mounds on your property? You ask your local archaeologist to come by and check it out. And what if he happens to find one of the biggest treasures of the era? Well, we don’t have to speculate, because this actually happened. The Hoxne Hoard might have led to a change in the British law regarding uncovered antiquities, but the Sutton Hoo Treasure changed how the British were able to understand their history. Indeed, it’s difficult to know where to even get started explaining the story of the Sutton Hoo Treasure because it is so deeply embedded into the history of the time. The Anglo-Saxon Way of Death The short background is that after the Romans began withdrawing from Great Britain, the native Britons were faced with invaders from the east — the Angles, Saxons, and Jutes, who have become collectively known as “the Anglo-Saxons.” It is believed by historians that their earliest landings and heaviest areas of settlement were in East Anglia, which is where the Sutton Hoo Treasure was unearthed. Now it’s worth explaining a little bit about the Anglo-Saxons with regard to their religious views. The Anglo-Saxons were pagans with religious traditions not altogether different from their Viking cousins. What’s important about this is that it means they believed it was possible — indeed, advisable — to take one’s treasures with one into the next life. To that end, warriors were often buried with as much treasure as they weren’t going to pass onto their posterity. The Excavation of the Sutton Hoo Treasure Begins Fast forward to the dawn of World War II in Europe. Wealthy widow Edith Pretty is a landowner in the UK who knows that she has 18 Anglo-Saxon burial mounds on her property. So she calls up self-taught archaeologist Basil Brown. Edith was very familiar with archaeology, as she had traveled extensively throughout her youth. She paid Basil Brown 30 shillings a week, which is the equivalent of about $200 today. He was given two weeks to do some of his work. Brown initially worked the area with the assistance of Pretty’s gardening staff, which was extensive as Mrs. Pretty was a woman of some means. He was able to excavate three of the mounds and found evidence that they were being robbed as late as the medieval period. The first mound (confusingly called Mound 3) was interesting, but not terribly impressive — a lot of pottery, mostly, which while valuable during the Anglo-Saxon period of interest to historians today, is not terribly valuable. It was the second mound (Mound 2) that changed the nature of the excavation. It was here that signs of a large ship began to emerge in the form of rivets at first, but later other parts, perhaps most impressively a gold-plated shield boss. Mound 4 yielded nothing other than the knowledge that it had been completely stripped by graverobbers over the years. Brown put an end to his work but returned a year later due to curiosity that was spurred by Mound 2. But when Mound 1 began excavation a year later, it wasn’t the dig that had changed — it was the entire conception of British history. It was here that what a British Museum curator later called “one of the most important archaeological discoveries of all time” began to take shape. What was unearthed there was a 7th-century Saxon ship, which may have been the last resting place of King Rædwald of East Anglia. Unfortunately, the body is missing but testing of the soil suggests that the body was once there and that it wasn’t stolen, but rather that it simply decomposed completely due to the high acidity levels in the soil. Brown handed the excavations off to the professionals, believing that he had reached the limit of his abilities. Why the Sutton Hoo Treasure Is Important So why was the Sutton Hoo Treasure so impressive? It wasn’t the value of the items found, despite the fact that these were quite valuable in and of themselves. No, the Sutton Hoo Treasure is more of an archaeological treasure than a financial one. The 90-foot ship was as intact as one could reasonably expect from a ship that was over 1,000 years old. The iconic Sutton Hoo Helmet, which adorns the covers of untold books about the Anglo-Saxons or the British Museum, was found in the Sutton Hoo Treasure. There were other helmets, along with spoons, bowls, weapons, and other effects including textiles. So why did this change the understanding of British history? The main reason is that the early Anglo-Saxon period was understood to be a “Dark Age” of English history, but the uncovering of the Sutton Hoo Treasure proved that there was a vibrant cultural life during this period. The ship contained items not just from the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of England, but from around the world, showing how far-traveled the Anglo-Saxon people were. Both Scandinavian and Byzantine objects were found in the treasure ship. What’s more, the Sutton Hoo Treasure shed some additional light on another somewhat recent discovery of Britain’s Anglo-Saxon past — Beowulf. When the site was uncovered, literature scholars noted how closely the burial site matched up with burial reports in the Anglo-Saxon epic poem. The final fate of the Sutton Hoo Treasure? It sits today in the British Museum, where it has lived ever since it was gifted by Mrs. Pretty. An inquest found that the objects belonged to her and her alone, but rather than keep them or even sell them, the already wealthy Mrs. Pretty simply gifted them to the museum. Winston Churchill later offered her a CBE for her service to the British Empire, but she declined to accept the award. Nowadays, anyone can visit the Sutton Hoo Treasure at the British Museum or stomp around the area where the burial mounds were unearthed. No one got rich and no one got famous, but the Sutton Hoo Treasure became a symbol of British culture extending back over 1,000 years. Sutton Hoo Treasure originally appeared on kellycodetectors.com
  6. The ginger ale tag is neat! Too bad the ammo's shot to heck, finding 380 is kind of hard these days.
  7. In honor of National Scavenger Hunt Day on May 24, Kellyco has been working with friends and affiliates to come up with a treat for treasure hunters! Kellyco’s Nationwide Scavenger Hunt is a promotion that encourages treasure hunters of every age, experience level, and equipment level to get out and hunt hard, searching for buried treasure. Our affiliates and friends have been seeding coins all across the United States that are worth a $50 Kellyco gift card each. These coins will not lose their value until they are redeemed. As passionate treasure hunters, Kellyco encourages everyone with an interest in treasure hunting to get out there and celebrate National Scavenger Hunt Day! Treasure hunting is much more than one person, as it is a hobby enjoyed by millions of humans, each trying to get their hands on history and buried treasure. With this in mind, go forth with a metal detector in hand, a smile on your face, and the potential to find $50 worth of Kellyco gift cards in the ground! Make sure to follow all your favorite Kellyco Affiliates and watch for clues! Click here to learn more and see our interactive map!
  8. Not a bad haul! Silver and tent stakes and a saw blade that has indisputably seen better days.
  9. There's an old saying in America: "Don't take any wooden nickels." Must have been profitable to whittle counterfeits back in the day.
  10. Caesarea National Park isn’t the only place where divers have found vast riches in living memory. There’s also the 1715 Treasure Fleet (also known as the 1715 Plata Fleet — “Plata” being the Spanish word for silver), which was unearthed by an amateur diver and enterprising Florida Man, William Bartlett. He went down to do what many divers do — check out a shipwreck that is hundreds of years old. What he found was so much gold he had to start packing it into his gloves. Over the next two days, he and his compatriots found 350 gold coins worth an astonishing $4.5 million. And while other hauls have been pulled out of this shipwreck, this one was the biggest to come from the wreck in decades. Where Did the 1715 Treasure Fleet Come From? The story of the 1715 Treasure Fleet is almost the archetype for the American conception of “sunken treasure.” There were 11 ships, totally loaded with treasure, on their way to Spain from Havana in July 1715. The Spanish were badly in need of the gold, as they had just ended the War of Spanish Succession over who would be King of Spain — the French claimant or the Austrian one — and the war badly drained their resources. Of course, July is prime hurricane season in Florida, then as it is now and the Spanish did not have the advanced meteorological equipment that we have today for early storm detection. As many as 1,500 Spaniards died in the wreck and it was one of the biggest disasters of the entire Spanish colonial era. Some of the men survived and established a camp while they awaited rescue. The Survivors’ and Salvagers’ Camp can still be visited today, on Orchid Island, Florida. The Spanish sent ships and, to their credit, were able to recover about 80 percent of what was on board the ships. This is astonishing, not just because of the relatively limited technology of the time, but also because of the number of pirates mulling around the area trying to score whatever treasure they could. Indeed, famed pirate Henry Jennings was first accused of piracy because of his lurking about trying to recover the lost gold of the 1715 Treasure Fleet. But the remaining 20 percent sat in the deep for quite a long time indeed. It took over 250 years before anyone was able to unearth anything that sank during that shipwreck. All told, there were 14 million pesos on the entire fleet. Mel Fisher and Kip Wagner: Modern-Day Treasure Hunters Mel Fisher and Kip Wagner were treasure hunters who teamed up with the intention of getting the remaining bits of treasure still in the deep waters off the Florida coast. Two ships in the massive wreck were located and it took five years of work to uncover all that they could from just those two ships alone. After they moved onto other projects, various salvage crews worked the area until 1983. The Queens Jewels were allegedly on the ship, though these have not, as of yet, recovered. What’s more, the cargo estimates are based on what was registered with the Spanish crown. There is reason to believe that a far greater amount of riches were on the ship in the form of contraband that the captains and their crew were smuggling back for their own personal enrichment, not that of the Spanish crown. Unlike some of the other unearthed hoard we have covered here, such as the Hoxne Hoard or the Staffordshire Hoard, there is a clear owner of the shipwreck: Queens Jewels, a salvaging company that acquired the rights to the area in 2010 from the previous owner, treasure hunter Mel Fisher, who came out on top in a long and contentious court battle against the State of Florida. The Spanish government did not attempt to exert a claim on the shipwreck. For its part, the State of Florida is entitled to 20 percent of any haul, which is then transferred to a museum in Tallahassee. Whatever is left is then split between Queens Jewels and the lucky treasure hunter. It can easily cost $50,000 to even get to the point where you can begin digging around in the ocean for this gold. Anything that washes ashore is the exclusive property of the person who found it. The 1715 Treasure Fleet is one of the reasons the Treasure Coast in Florida is such a popular place for metal detecting, particularly after hurricanes. Eric Schmitt’s Million-Dollar Score While Bartlett is one of the biggest scores in recent history, he’s not by any means the only person to strike gold in the deep blue sea thanks to the 1715 Treasure Fleet. Eric Schmitt and his family were able to unearth 52 gold coins and 40 feet of gold chain, as well as 110 silver coins and buttons, which amounted to over a million dollars in value. Schmitt dives a lot and it wasn’t his first trip down to the Treasure Fleet looking for his fortune. Usually, however, by his own reporting, all he’s able to come up with is empty holes and beer cans. This time, however, it was vastly different. Only 15 feet down, but 1,000 feet offshore, he was able to strike it rich. A gold coin popped out of the sandbank he was working on. It wasn’t the only coin he would uncover and one of them, a very rare piece called a Tricentennial Royal, was worth $500,000. Back in the old days, people who made coins weren’t terribly concerned with how they looked. The main concern was about how much they weighed and what the overall purity of the precious metal was. The Royals, however, were an exception, as they were presented directly to the king himself and had to be of exquisite quality. The 1715 Treasure Fleet has seen some exposure in pop culture. A scene in the video game Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag involved the 1715 Treasure Fleet. The first season of the Starz series Black Sails revolves around the 1715 Treasure Fleet and attempts by pirates to recover the riches that it left on the ocean floor. It is estimated that there are still $400 million in Spanish gold coins outstanding in the area known as Florida’s Treasure Coast. That’s a lot of gold and silver just sitting around for the right enterprising diver to happen upon it. The 1715 Fleet: The Archetypal Sunken Treasure originally appeared on kellycodetectors.com
  11. I was psyched as a little kid when I got a real wooden nickel from the hardware store doing a promotion. I failed to follow some of the oldest numismatic advice in the world.
  12. Discovered on May 15, 1840 From the waning days of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of England comes the Cuerdale Hoard. Unlike the Hoxne Hoard, which was Romano-British, and the Staffordshire Hoard, which was from Mercian Anglo-Saxons, this Hoard came from the Vikings, who ruled over a great deal of England prior to the arrival of the Normans in 1066. More than just English treasure, there were also a lot of Carolingian objects from the Continental empire of Charlemagne. The Hoard is also noteworthy because it did not contain gold. Instead, the Cuerdale Hoard was composed almost entirely of silver, mostly coins, but also jewelry, ingots, and hack silver. All told, the Hoard weighed about 40 kilograms or 88 pounds. Of this, 36 kilos, or about 80 pounds, were bullion. Indeed, it is the largest hoard of Viking silver ever found outside of Russia, which was also ruled by the Viking Varangians under the Kievan Rus’ and the Novgorod Republic. The Cuerdale Hoard was also discovered far earlier than many of the Hoards that we discuss elsewhere on this site, having been found in May 1840. Treasure From the Days of the Danelaw As stated above, this was a Viking hoard and, as such, the majority of the pieces that were discovered within came from the Danelaw, a term used to refer to the rule of the Vikings over a significant portion of England during a time of waning Anglo-Saxon power. Indeed, it is the second-largest find of Viking silver ever, far larger than the third and only slightly smaller than the largest, the Spillings Hoard of Gotland, Sweden. The vast majority of the treasure was Anglo-Viking in origin, being five times the size of the next share, which was made up of items from the Kingdom of Wessex. The final portion, about the size of the Wessex one, is made up of a number of different sources: Papal, Islamic, Scandinavian, Carolingian, Byzantine, and Northern Italian. Thus, while it was overwhelmingly Viking, the Hoard was also made up of what was effectively a Europe-spanning treasure, giving us insights not just into the history of the Danelaw, but of the entire continent at the time. The Danelaw was basically an area of England where Viking law, not Anglo-Saxon law, held sway over the people. At its greatest extent, under Cnut the Great, this area included the whole of England. Indeed, England was in personal union with Norway, Denmark, and parts of Sweden, with Cnut having declared himself King of England in addition to King of Denmark and King of Norway. Being a Viking kingdom, it is unsurprising that the riches would have come from all over the known world. The Vikings, to put it bluntly, got around. They ruled over Norway, Denmark and England, but also parts of modern-day France, Russia, and even Southern Italy. This is in addition to their frequent raiding areas in Spain, North Africa, the Black Sea, and the Caspian Sea. These were likely acquired in a number of Viking raids taking place in the closing years of the 9th Century. Viking Treasure Discovered in the Modern Age It all came into the modern age when a group of workmen found a lead box, of which we have some fragments today. There is evidence, in the form of bone pins, that the Hoard was originally parceled out into a number of bags. The workmen were only able to grab a coin each before the bailiffs of the land recovered the Hoard. Eventually, it was declared treasure and thus, the property of Queen Victoria, under the auspices of her being Duke of Lancaster, according to the relevant British law of the day. The Duchy of Lancaster, not being strapped for cash, handed the Hoard over to the British Museum. Most of the Hoard remains there even today, but about 60 pieces were selected for the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Some coins that were minted in Northern France, possibly near present-day Étaples, are displayed at the Château-musée de Boulogne-sur-Mer. How Did the Cuerdale Hoard Get There? The prevailing theory of how the coins came to be in the area where they were discovered is that they were buried sometime between 903 and 910, by Vikings who had recently been expelled from Dublin, a city that was built by the Vikings. A number of the coins had recently been minted in York, while much of the bullion was of Norse-Irish origin. Archaeologists believe that, rather than fleeing Dublin, the original owners of the Cuerdale Hoard were on their way to reconquer part of Ireland. While this is the prevailing theory of the official archaeological community, it is not the only theory out there as to the origin of the Hoard. British numismatist M. Banks suggested in 1966 that, while the Hoard was certainly Viking treasure in as much as it was overwhelmingly composed of Viking treasure, that it was not, in fact, put there by Vikings at all. Instead, he believed the treasure was a gift to the Christian Church who was suffering under the oppression of the pagan Danelaw. He believed this because of how much of the treasure had its origins on the continent and speculated that it was support from the Christian brethren across the English Channel. Still, another theory holds that while it was Vikings who buried the treasure, that it was not buried for safekeeping. Rather, it was believed by Vikings that treasure buried during one’s life would be available to one in the afterlife. It is thus feasible that the treasure was, in fact, buried by Vikings on their way to retake Dublin, but that they had no intention of going back for the Hoard — at least not in this life. The Vikings believed that after one’s death in battle, one went to Valhalla, which was effectively a giant mead hall of celebration after a triumph. It’s unclear what the Vikings thought they could do with all of this gold once they got there, but it certainly was on their minds. Another, minor theory, says that the silver was bound for casting works not far from where it was found. Perhaps somewhat most curiously, the existence of the Hoard might have been known about for centuries prior to its “discovery.” There was a local legend that held that anyone standing on the banks of the Ribble at Walton-le-Dale who looked upriver toward Ribchester, would be looking at the richest treasure in all of England. It might not be the richest treasure in all of England — that distinction belongs to the Staffordshire Hoard — but the rest of the legend checks out. There is little concretely known about the Hoard and its origins because there hasn’t been a great deal of effort to conduct an excavation of the area. A thorough investigation of the area would likely reveal much more about the Hoard, but as yet has not materialized. The Cuerdale Hoard: The Largest Viking Hoard of Silver originally appeared on kellycodetectors.com
  13. Picking the right sand scoop for your treasure hunting needs will help you recover targets more quickly with less effort, providing for a better hunt overall. With over 50 years of industry experience, Kellyco has tons of experience in helping our customers pick the right metal detectors and gear, such as sand scoops. What Are the Best Sand Scoops to Purchase? While it is impossible to say which scoop is the best for each individual treasure hunter to buy, it is possible to point to some of our best sellers and discuss them more in-depth. Continue reading for a detailed view of some of our most popular models of scoops on the market today. 1. RTG 32″ Adjustable All-Aluminum Sand Scoop Reilly’s Treasured Gold, more commonly known as RTG, has been producing some of the highest-quality and most heavy-duty sand scoops on the market for years. They sell stainless steel scoops, aluminum sand scoops, and many other target recovery tools for beach metal detecting. For someone looking for the ideal sand scoop that will give them a variety of handle lengths, they should definitely look into the RTG 32″ Adjustable All-Aluminum Sand Scoop. This sand scoop gives you the opportunity to modify the length of the handle for whatever situation you run into, providing you with a highly-adaptable scoop that you can use rain or shine, on the beach or in the water. 2. CKG 11″ x 8″ Sand Scoop CKG sand scoops are built to perform in any condition, as they are built with a lightweight stainless steel, providing the ultimate in ergonomics and durability. The CKG 11″ x 8″ Sand Scoop features a top hole for a handle that you can install on your own. This allows you great flexibility in picking out the exact handle length and style you desire. If you would prefer a high-quality option that will last for decades, consider the CKG Universal Carbon Fiber Sand Scoop Shaft, as it will take a beating, while remaining lightweight and ergonomic. 3. Detecting Adventures T-Rex 9.5″ Sand Scoop Detecting Adventures sand scoops are also built with the customer in mind. They are highly durable and will never give up on you, lasting decades with no problems at all. The Detecting Adventures T-Rex 9.5″ Sand Scoop is one of the most popular sand scoop solutions we offer. The Detecting Adventures T-Rex scoop comes with no handle included, as it gives customers the option of choosing their own handle. It is constructed of tempered stainless steel, providing both incredible strength and corrosion resistance. If you are looking for one do-it-all sand scooping solution, this is it. Why Do I Need Sand Scoops for Metal Detecting? If you are frequently metal detecting on the beach, you might already know the answer to this, as you have recovered hundreds of pieces of jewelry, coins, and other buried treasure. Beach scoops are designed to quickly sift through sand to help metal detectorists locate their targets with ease. If you have ever tried sifting through the sand with your hands or a shovel, you know how inconvenient it can be, especially when it is a very small metal object, such as an earring or a coin. To many beach hunters, they would never go metal detecting without their water scoop. In addition to those who enjoy metal detecting beaches, there are also a few more very invaluable uses for a scoop as well. Many hardcore relic hunters will do anything they can to dig up artifacts of the past, which is why they are often very well respected. Oftentimes, historic sites, such as battlefields, old schools, or homesteads were located right by a body of water. When this occurs, some relic hunters will hunt that creek, river, or other body of water no matter what, as they know that there will be tons of good stuff below the surface. To effectively hunt these bodies of water, they will probably use a water scoop, as it is impossible to see what you are doing with a shovel or trowel. Using a treasure scoop will sift through the mud, sand, and sediment found on the bottom of the river to leave them with their relics. There is another scenario that gives metal detector beach sand scoops significance. This scenario is much like the relic hunting scenario, but with gold nuggets. Gold prospecting is an excellent way to find quite a bit of the yellow, valuable metal. Prospectors have no control over where gold will be located, so it is important to carry an assortment of digging tools. A treasure hunter will be well served in any bodies of water, such as creeks and streams, in addition to any sandy areas where they have located gold. You will be enabled to quickly sift through sand and soil to find your gold, saving you time and effort. The last reason that many detectorists own a sand scoop is that they have back problems or other body pains. Sand scoops can be purchased with a long handle, meaning that detectorists do not have to bend over to recover their target. To someone with arthritis, back pain, knee pain, or shoulder pain, this can be a saving grace. Not only will it allow you the chance to metal detect, but to do it with no pain and for a much longer time. If you are someone who struggles with body aches, a long handle sand scoop could change your life. As can be seen, there are a wide variety of uses for a treasure scoop, providing tons of flexibility and usefulness to the user. Whether it is in the places you are hunting or having body aches, there are multiple reasons to invest in a sand scoop that will last you for decades. Now that you see why you need a sand scoop, it is important to make sure you pick the best one for your needs. How to Pick the Best Sand Scoops 1. Different Types of Sand Scoops Stainless Steel Sand Scoop: One of the most important factors that you can keep in mind when determining which sand scoop you want is the material it is made out of. Stainless steel is a best seller, as many detectorists might be hunting in or around salt water, which is highly corrosive compared to any other environment. Stainless steel sand scoops are built to withstand harsh environments with their heavy duty construction, providing buyers with a high-quality scoop that will last for decades. Stainless steel is entirely corrosion-proof, as long as you take care of it, and will help you sift through any amount of sand, mud, or water for as long as you need it to. Aluminum Sand Scoop: Another material that sand scoops are made out of is aluminum. Aluminum is very lightweight, and as long as you will not be hunting in salty, corrosive environments, these scoops can be a great addition to your digging tool selection. Even though aluminum scoops are lightweight, they are still built to last with heavy duty construction. Determining whether you want stainless steel or aluminum for your sand scoop is an important first step that will help guide your purchase. 2. Sand Scoop Handles Another very important factor that will help narrow down your purchase is the size of the handle of the treasure scoop. There are usually three distinct handle sizes when it comes to scoops. There is a short scoop, medium handle scoop, and a long handle scoop. Each of these handle sizes has its merits and downsides: The Short Handle Scoop: The short handle scoop allows for more control over the scoop in the sand, however it requires you to bend over, which can cause a sore back and muscles after a while. The Medium Handle Scoop: The medium handle gives you more control than the long handle, however it still requires you to bend over a bit, making it the best of both worlds. The Long Handle Scoop: The long handle scoop is great for your back and muscles, however it can be a little bit harder to extract your metal target at times. Determining the length of your handle on your metal detector sand scoop will give you a great idea of how you can narrow down your search, as each length is great for a certain type of person. While handle length is definitely an important factor, handle shape is another important factor. Depending on the way you metal detect, this can make a huge difference. There are three main handle types: A Standard, Straight Handle: The most common is a standard, straight handle. This protrudes from the metal sand scoop at an angle or straight out, and this handle type works great for most detectorists. A Curved Handle: There is a curved handle, which many detectorists who like to get close to the ground like, as it allows for a smooth scooping motion. A ‘Kick’ Handle: The final handle design is a ‘kick’ handle, which protrudes out at an angle to the basket and then curves downwards. The kick design is a great option for anyone who is looking for a longer handle for knee high or waist high water scenarios. While seemingly insignificant, handle design can make a treasure scoop much better for someone depending on their preferences. 3. Basket and Sifter Construction One more factor to keep in mind when picking your water scoop is the type of basket and sifter construction. While the basket shape is generally the same for every scoop Kellyco offers, there are some differences in the mesh patterns. Some scoops are built for dry sand, and these are often made of a wire mesh that quickly recovers the smallest of targets. The wire mesh scoops are a bad choice for water recovery, as mud and sediment can ruin the mesh more quickly than it should. Some underwater search scoops are designed to be able to handle mud, wet sand clumps, and other sediments, and these feature a stainless steel coating with holes cut into the metal. These still capture small targets and can withstand the abuse of water hunting. In addition to this, there are also hexagon and round holes that make up the basket, and these essentially come down to personal preference. Think about whether you hunt in the dry sand or in the wet sand and water more often, and this will help guide your investment into the proper sand scoop. 4. The Price of the Sand Scoop A final, and very important factor to many, is the price of the treasure scoop. Some of the sand scoops we sell here at Kellyco are built to be in a luxury or professional class of sand scoops. Others are built for the working person, who only wants to spend a small amount to get a quality tool to get the job done. Regardless of how much you are willing to spend, each of the scoops we sell are built to last and come with heavy-duty, high-quality construction. Once you have determined the price you are willing to pay for a scoop, you have the final piece to the puzzle. Conclusion Now that you have taken into account the price, basket and sifter construction, handle design, handle length, and the material the scoop is made out of, you should now be able to narrow down your search. At this point, you can browse through the treasure scoops we sell and pick the perfect one for you. At the end of the day, picking the right sand scoop can mean the difference between finding your buried treasure, and losing it in the waves. There is no reason to not purchase a sand scoop, whether it is the most expensive option or the most affordable option. Kellyco makes it a priority to provide the highest quality scoops for any budget. If you are someone who does a lot of beach hunting, relic hunting in water, or does gold prospecting in sandy or water environments, or someone who has back pain or other body pain, a sand scoop can be the perfect tool for you. If you have any questions at all about sand scoops or any other digging tools, please reach out to us with any questions, as we would be happy to help. What is the Best Sand Scoop for Metal Detecting? originally appeared on kellycodetectors.com
  14. That's one of the hardest concepts for novices to wrap their minds around. About half the newcomers want rigs that can detect the iron in the earth's core, and we have to explain to them they're actually going to need to be able to hold their detector for extended periods of time. It's like a first-time shooter wanting to buy a 50 BMG for squirrel hunting.
  15. Determining the proper metal detector coil for your metal detecting needs can help you find smaller targets deeper in the ground, with less ground interference, and will enhance your metal detector’s performance handsomely. With over 50 years of experience in this industry, Kellyco has tons of knowledge and experience that can help you pick out the perfect metal detector and other detector accessories, including search coils. What Is the Best Metal Detector Coil? Determining the best metal detector coil is not an easy task, since every metal detectorist has different needs that will weigh in on their decision. With that being said, several best-selling search coils can be discussed. Continue reading as some popular search coils are discussed in-depth. 1. Garrett 5″ x 8″ DD PROformance Search Coil Garrett is known for making high-quality metal detectors, in addition to their line of high-performance search coils. Garrett produces many varieties of search coils that are built to be compatible with different metal detector lines they produce. The Garrett 5″ x 8″ DD PROformance Search Coil is designed to be compatible with the Garrett AT Max, AT Gold, AT Pro, and the CSI Pro. This DD coil is lightweight while providing a tight, smaller search area for trashy areas, and deep searching depth that can pick up the smallest targets way below the ground. This is a great coil for picking up the smallest gold nuggets with your Garrett metal detector. The PROformance DD search coil also works very well in mineralized soils and some areas of water, as it is a waterproof coil. However, I would avoid using the coil on beaches since it struggles with saltwater. 2. Minelab 15″ DD Smart Coil (Equinox) Any treasure hunter who owns a Minelab metal detector can attest to their durability and overall performance. Luckily, Kellyco offers a wide variety of Minelab search coils, providing you with Minelab’s excellent quality in a variety of options and models. The Minelab 15″ DD Smart Coil (Equinox) is a very important search coil to have, as it offers maximum depth and ground coverage, meaning you can cover more ground with fewer swings. This will save you time and keep you finding more targets longer. Whether you have an Equinox 600 or Equinox 800, this large coil size will amaze you with its performance and durability. This DD coil is completely waterproof and comes with a coil cover included. 3. Fisher 11″ DD Search Coil for Fisher F70 and F75 Fisher has a wide range of metal detectors it produces, from entry-level options to more professional-grade models. They produce a variety of search coils, both concentric and DD coils>, for all of their different metal detector series. The Fisher 11″ DD Search Coil for Fisher F70 and F75 is an excellent search coil that combines the larger search area of a D coil while providing the sensitivity and compactness of a concentric search coil. This coil not only detects targets deep in the ground, but it also performs very well in high soil mineralization areas. Treasure hunting with the Fisher search coil is a blast, as this coil is very light for its performance, which will keep you in the field longer. 4. NEL Snake 6.5″ x 3.5″ Search Coil (AT Pro) NEL produces several aftermarket search coils that are compatible with a wide variety of metal detector makes and models. These coils are specialized and built with a specific purpose in mind. The NEL Snake 6.5″ x 3.5″ Search Coil (AT Pro) is designed for the specific purpose of metal detecting in trashy areas with your Garrett AT Pro metal detector. The unique design of the Snake allows for easy separation of non-ferrous and ferrous metal, helping you dig less junky signals. It really shines when you are specifically looking for small targets, such as gold nuggets and small jewelry. The NEL Snake is fully waterproof and will last for decades. Why Do I Need an Additional Search Coil? While many detectorists may go their entire lives treasure hunting with a stock coil, many others will find an additional search coil that complements their hunting style and habits in one way or another. There are a variety of reasons that someone might choose to invest an additional search coil, with these ranging from performance to area-specific issues. A search coil that you purchase has the potential to improve your metal detector’s performance in a big way. This improvement of performance is one of the most common reasons that people purchase a new search coil. Oftentimes, detectorists will look for a DD search coil or a concentric search coil that offers greater target depth or higher sensitivity, as this greatly improves the detector’s ability to find small targets at deeper depths. This is incredibly important, as many small objects, such as dimes, gold nuggets, and small relics, can be deep enough in the ground that a normal coil would not pick them up. Another common reason that hobbyists purchase additional search coils is that they can help them metal detect either more of the ground or for a longer period of time. To detect more of the ground, metal detecting enthusiasts pick out large DD search coils that can cover a lot of ground per swing. This is very beneficial in areas that are not filled with trash targets. In wide-open places, a large search coil can be a lifesaver, as you can go dozens of swings without hitting any targets. Another reason that people might prefer an additional search coil is if they are looking for a lightweight option. Some of the DD coils are very lightweight, especially the smaller sizes. It is amazing how much of a difference a few ounces on the end of your metal detector can make as the hunt progresses. Both of these reasons will help you find more targets and make better use of your time. A final reason that pushes detectorists to invest in an additional coil is area-specific problems. The problems can range from high soil mineralization to high trash areas. Finding the proper search coil for issues like these can help you be more efficient and will keep your hunts going smoothly. It is very hard to metal detect in areas with high trash volume if you are using a large search coil, and that is where the smaller coils come into play. Area-specific issues are always important to consider if you are deciding whether or not you should purchase a new coil. Which Metal Detector Coil Size Should I Purchase? When it comes to metal detector coils, it is important to keep your personal preferences in mind. One of the largest decisions you will have to make is the size of the search coil. There are advantages and disadvantages to both large and small coils. Depending on the situation, both options can be excellent for a variety of reasons discussed in detail below. Large Search Coils vs. Small Search Coils One of the biggest positive attributes for large search coils is their ability to cover a lot of ground with each swing. You will cover far more ground at the end of the day with a large DD coil compared to a smaller concentric coil. This benefit really shines in wide-open areas where there is not a ton of trash you have to contend with. Another big reason people like large search coils is their ability to detect targets that are deeper in the ground. As a general rule of thumb, the deeper an object is, the older it is in most cases. Big search coils produce a deeper magnetic field and the receiving part of the coil can intercept the detection of a metal target more easily. This increased detention depth is great for finding valuable relics, coins, and jewelry that other detectorists before you have missed. While there is a lot of upside to large coils, there are also some downfalls. One of the largest negative attributes of big search coils is that they are heavy. While larger search coils are only several ounces heavier than their smaller counterparts, this can make a big difference after an hour or so of swinging your metal detector. If you are planning on hunting all day long, a big coil may make you tire more quickly. Another disadvantage to big search coils is trying to hunt with them in high-trash areas. Trash targets include junk iron, can slaw, and a variety of other unwanted targets. Super sniper concentric search coils and other small coils are much better suited to hunting in trash-heavy areas. A disadvantage that is especially important for gold prospectors to consider is that large search coils are less sensitive to smaller targets. Gold prospectors are searching for small gold nuggets, and in many cases, a large search coil can swing right over them. Small coils, be them super snipers or any small DD coils can really help out in this area. One final disadvantage to keep in mind is that electrical interference and ground chatter occur more frequently with larger search coils. This is due to their increased magnetic field they produce and receive. If you have a metal detector with manual ground balance, this can be less of an issue, but it is still something to consider. How to Choose the Best Metal Detector Coil Determining which search coil is right for you will take some serious consideration on your part. With the wide variety of options and varieties available on the market today, it can be overwhelming to narrow down your wishlist. There are many things to keep in mind that will be discussed in more detail below, in addition to the discussion on the coil size above. DD Coils vs. Concentric Coils One of the more common questions that metal detectorists have is about the differences between DD coils and concentric coils. Choosing between a DD coil and a concentric may seem like a difficult choice, but the short answer is that both will perform very well. With that being said, there are a couple of differences. One reason many prefer the DD coil is the increased depth you can get out of it. In addition to the increase in depth, there is also a wider detection range and better target separation in many cases. With all that being said, concentric coils can be better in trashy areas or many other scenarios. The debate between DD and concentric is essentially based on personal preference and experience. Search Coil Compatibility Obviously, one of the more important considerations you will have to take into account is whether or not the search coil is compatible with your metal detector make and model. While most of the options available for each specific model will come from the manufacturer of that model, this is not always the case. Companies like Detech, Coiltek, and NEL also produce a wide variety of aftermarket search coils that are compatible with companies like Garrett, Minelab, Fisher, Bounty Hunter, Teknetics, and White’s metal detectors. At the end of the day, there are tons of options from a variety of manufacturers out there. Price of the Metal Detector Coil One of the most important considerations for most hobbyists is the price of the search coil. Buying a metal detector already represents a large investment in some cases. Forking over more money for a search coil can seem like a bad move. For this reason, many detectorists look for options that are within their price range. While these additional search coils might not have all the features of a more expensive one, they will still get the job done in whatever scenario you need them for. It helps to keep in mind that an additional search coil or two is an investment, as you will find many objects that will eventually pay it off. Conclusion When it comes down to it, choosing the right metal detector coil to invest in can greatly improve your metal detector’s abilities and provide you with a more efficient, fulfilling treasure hunting experience. Here at Kellyco, we make it a top priority to provide our customers with the best search coils on the market today. If you have any questions about coils or any other metal detector accessories, please reach out to us, as we would love to help. What is The Best Metal Detector Coil? originally appeared on kellycodetectors.com
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  17. It appears you're not the only one with that opinion of the Edge Digger! I'm going to have to reassess whether it belongs in this breakdown.
  18. Figuring out which metal detecting shovel or trowel works best for you can greatly enhance your metal detecting outings, as it will allow you to speed up target recovery, lessen fatigue on your body, and just be overall more successful. With over 60 years of experience in the metal detecting industry, Kellyco has tons of knowledge and real experience that can be used to help you pick out the perfect digging tool for your needs. What Are the Best Metal Detecting Shovels and Trowels? While digging tools may seem like a simple technology, it can be hard to determine exactly what you need for specific scenarios. However, we can present some of the best selling metal detecting shovels and trowels to help you in your quest for the perfect digging tool. Continue reading as several best-selling shovels and trowels are discussed in-depth. 1. Radius Root Slayer Shovel As if the name alone doesn’t inspire you to go dig some targets, the performance that you can get out of this high-quality shovel definitely will. Not only does the Radius Root Slayer Shovel come built to last for decades of heavy-duty digging, but it also cuts through roots, sod, and any other ground material like a hot knife through butter. Whether you are metal detecting a park, someone’s yard, or gold prospecting in the hills, this shovel will do it all. The Root Slayer metal detecting shovel features serrated edges on both sides of the carbon steel blade, an O-handle grip with superior ergonomics, and a long handle that reduces wear and tear on your neck, back, and shoulders. Coming with a lifetime warranty as well, this beast of a shovel from Radius will work for you in any scenario involving hard ground> or soft ground. 2. Garrett Edge Digger with Sheath While Garrett may be known for their high-quality metal detectors such as the Garrett AT Pro, the Garrett ACE 300, and their ever versatile Garrett Pro-Pointer, they also produce an excellent trowel that has become very popular. The Garrett Edge Digger comes built to cut through almost any soil you put it in. It features a 7.5” carbon-steel blade that has been outfitted with serrated edges to help you get through more ground with less effort. The large, comfortable handle features finger grooves for an ergonomic advantage over many trowels. In addition to the Garrett Edge Digger itself, you also receive a sheath that can be mounted onto your belt for secure, comfortable carry. If you are searching for the perfect compact and lightweight metal detector digging tool with a small overall length, this might be the one you need. 3. Lesche 28″ Ground Shark T-Handle Shovel Lesche produces some of the finest metal detecting shovels and trowels on the planet, as their attention to detail and quality helps them stand out very well among competitors. For anyone looking for a shovel that can get down deep and cut through almost any soil type easily, it is absolutely worth considering the Lesche Ground Shark. The T-handle shovel is perfect, as it focuses on functionality rather than unique styles or designs. It is built with one purpose in mind and that is to enable detectorists to recover targets as quickly and efficiently as possible. The 3.5” x 12” serrated stainless steel blade offers both depth and precision, allowing you to dig exactly where you want. The handle is 28” long, providing the perfect middle ground between long and short handles, giving you both some back-saving properties as well as enhanced portability. 4. Grave Digger Tools SideKick Even with all of the options on the market today, Grave Digger Tools fills a niche that very few others can. The Grave Digger line of digging tools offers high-quality, strength, and durability, all while being very affordable for the type of product it is. The Grave Digger SideKick is the perfect trowel for all of your digging tool needs. It features a laser-cut and hand-welded blade that has been both powder-coated and heat-treated. The blade also features small, sharp serrations and sharp tips that make searching for your target quick and enjoyable. Each Grave Digger SideKick is made in the USA in small, handcrafted batches, ensuring a high-quality trowel. Why Should I Purchase a Metal Detecting Shovel or Trowel? While it may seem like a very simple matter for some detectorists, others might not see the merit in purchasing metal detecting specific digging tools if they already have a gardening shovel or trowel. There are several different reasons why treasure hunters purchase shovels and trowels made for detecting. For example, being lightweight and having compact considerations, as well as an increased precision for faster target recovery. The Design: As a hobbyist, one of the top reasons to purchase a metal detecting shovel or trowel is the strategic design. These tools are designed with the detectorist in mind to provide the ability to dig an ideal plug while leaving the property looking untouched. This is the reason why a shovel or trowel is so sharp as opposed to other dull gardening tools. They are designed so if used properly, they will be less likely to damage the property you are detecting on. Lightweight and Compact: In many cases, hobbyists buy digging tools specifically for metal detecting that are built to be lightweight and compact, as opposed to common gardening or more traditional digging tools. If you browse the shovels and trowels on the Kellyco website, you will see that they do not look like the average digging tool you would find at Walmart, as they are specifically built with narrow handles and sharp, serrated blades to cut through the toughest ground, while remaining lightweight and easy to carry. You may be thinking that saving several ounces doesn’t sound that substantial, but if you spend enough time in the field, you will know exactly how precious saving even a few ounces can be. Level of Strength: Another common reason that metal detectorists prefer to purchase metal detector shovels and trowels is a simple fact that normal gardening shovels and trowels just are not built strong enough. Oftentimes, especially with trowels, the blade will become deformed in metal detecting scenarios, because the ground is much harder than it would be in a typical garden scenario. The appearance of most detecting-specific digging tools is that they are built to last, with thick, heavy-duty stainless steel or carbon steel and ultra-strong yet comfortable handles and handle grips. Sharpness: This final reason is relevant to all metal detector digging tools, but especially shovels and digging knives. This final reason is that normal garden tools just are not sharp enough to deal with the types of hard ground scenarios metal detectorists deal with. Sure, they might perform fine in the sand or soft soil conditions, but when you get into rocky, hard soils commonly found when relic hunting or prospecting, you are going to run into issues. Do yourself a favor and invest in a digging tool built to slice through the hard ground easily, saving you energy and time. Should I Buy a Shovel or a Trowel? This is a very common, and very difficult, question that is asked. Determining whether you should invest in a shovel or a trowel really comes down to what you are looking for and what personal preferences you have. At the end of the day, most metal detectorists like to use both shovels and trowels so that they can be prepared for a variety of scenarios. With that being said, continue reading as the strengths and weaknesses of each are compared. When To Use a Small Trowel or Shovel One of the largest factors metal detectorists may be concerned with is the weight and portability of their digging tools. While many hobbyists do not typically spend all day treasure hunting, many of us do. This can lead to an increased awareness of the weight and size of the objects carried while hunting for valuables. If size and weight are a big concern for you, you might be best suited with a small trowel or digging knife that attaches to a sheath on your belt or pack. These are incredibly unobtrusive and lightweight, while still allowing you the ability to cut through tough soil with ease. Another option is to carry both a digging knife and a smaller-sized shovel. For example, the Radius Root Slayer Nomad gives you the depth and cutting strength of a shovel, while weighing significantly less than a normal shovel. A small shovel and a good, durable digging knife are an excellent pair, as they complement each other nicely. Digging Tools for Hard Ground An area-specific problem that many detectorists may face is a hard ground scenario. This can be brutal after digging several holes, as using the improper digging tool can cause unnecessary fatigue and wear and tear on your body. In addition to the fatigue, it will also take you longer to recover your targets, making you less efficient with your time, causing you to find fewer targets at the end of the day. Many metal detectorists, prospectors, and treasure hunters have limited time they can use to enjoy this great hobby, so it is important to make the most of it. If you frequently experience hard ground, your best digging tool will be a high-quality shovel that can take an absolute beating. There are so many great ones that Kellyco offers, coming from brands like Grave Digger Tools, Lesche Digging Tools, and Radius Digging Tools. Not only are these carbon steel or stainless steel options able to take a beating in hard ground conditions, but they are also razor-sharp and will get through the toughest roots, mineralized soil, and thick clay. Digging Trowel vs. Large Shovel One final factor that may determine whether a trowel or shovel is the best option for you is how careful you must be with keeping your holes neat and taking care of the ground you are metal detecting on. Obviously, if you are hunting someone’s yard or a public park, you will want to be very precise and deliberate when recovering your target. This is often easier to do with a trowel or digging knife than with a larger shovel, as the digging knife and trowel are built for more precision. A digging knife or trowel makes a smooth circular plug after you have used the serrated edge to cut your plug. This leads to minimal root damage to the lawn and less soil being disturbed overall. If you happen to be metal detecting a property far from the public eye and you have express permission from the landowner, you can use a shovel, as it will be faster and less tiring for you. Shovels are great for digging down deep and pulling up a lot of soil quickly. Always be sure to tailor your digging tool to the exact situation you will be encountering, as this will lead to more success and a better reputation among property owners. How to Choose the Best Metal Detecting Shovel or Trowel Determining the best shovel or trowel for you takes careful consideration about what exactly you want and need in a digging tool. There are so many options offered that it can be overwhelming until you narrow down exactly what you are looking for. There are several factors to keep in mind, and these will be discussed in more detail below. Shovel Handle Options When it comes to picking out the right metal detecting shovel, there are so many different options for both handle length and handle design. Handle length depends greatly on whether or not you are looking for a longer or shorter overall length. If you are wanting to minimize fatigue and stress on your body, consider purchasing a longer handle. If you want a more compact option, pick out a shorter handle length. In addition to determining the length you desire, you should also pay attention to the handle grip design. Some of the most popular are the straight-handle, T-handle grip, D-handle, O-handle, and the ball handle. Each of these really comes down to which one you feel gives you the best ergonomics and control over the shovel. The handle length and grip design are two of the most important factors when it comes to picking out a shovel. Shovel & Trowel Blade Design The design, shape, and features of a blade are very relevant to both shovels and trowels. Shovels and trowels have all different kinds of blade designs, from diamond to round, plus many other variations. Some of these digging tools have serrated edges, and some have more knife-like edges. This again comes down entirely to personal preference and which blade design you think is the best for your particular situation. Many detectorists prefer serrated edges so they can cut perfectly round plugs. Others like the razor-like edges that cut through the toughest of roots. It really just comes down to what you prefer in a digging tool. Price of the Shovel or Trowel One of the most important factors for every hobbyist is the price of their investment. When it comes to shovels and trowels, you really get what you pay for. Spending extra money on a high-quality digging tool often ends up being cheaper in the long run, as it will last much longer and perform far better than a cheaper alternative. With that being said, if you choose to spend a lesser amount of money, you will be purchasing a quality product, as Kellyco only offers the best of the best, whether it be metal detectors, digging tools, or any other accessories. Conclusion At the end of the day, making sure that you have picked the right metal detecting shovel and trowel can greatly improve your metal detecting excursions and make you a more efficient treasure hunter. Here at Kellyco, we make it a top priority to provide our customers with the best shovels and trowels on the market today. If you have any questions about digging tools or any other metal detector accessories, please reach out to us, as we would love to help. What Is the Best Metal Detecting Shovel and Trowel? originally appeared on kellycodetectors.com
  19. I hate those rings because they always give me an uncontrollable urge to take a flat head screwdriver to them.
  20. Interesting. It looks like it's geared more toward travelers – not sure how well it would work if the coin is 120 years and caked in grime. It'd be interesting to see what it does with a Confederate half dollar.
  21. There is something about the thrill of finding lost or hidden treasure and uncovering that object that may have been left there centuries ago. Metal detecting has a real appeal to so many people but often there can be a fear that taking your child out on an unpredicted treasure hunt could result in them coming home empty-handed. Let’s face it, you never want to see your child being disappointed. However, there is a way to prevent them from experiencing the lows of not uncovering anything which is to organize a metal detecting seeded hunt. What is a Metal Detecting Seeded Hunt? A metal detecting seeded hunt is where you place metal objects in the ground in advance for others to find with a metal detector. Then, you have the enjoyment of watching them find the treasure and seeing their face light up as they unearth their new discovery. The organizer may know everything that is to be discovered, but the participants are oblivious as to where things are located, what is to be found, and how many items actually exist. It is this ‘unknown’ factor that creates excitement and enjoyment in this at-home activity and can really make a good family-bonding experience. How to Organize a Metal Detecting Seeded Hunt Organizing your seeded hunt is simple and only requires limited items and equipment to get you started. Considering the potential hours of fun that awaits, we recommend trying to gather together a wide range of items that your family members will be excited to discover, but more on that later. So, how do you organize a family scavenger hunt? By following these three simple steps: Choose the location Choose the items Gathering the required equipment Choose the Location First, there’s the location and this won’t be a problem as a treasure hunt can take place in any location as long as your child can become that treasure hunting adventurer or digger, and has the ability to get down into the dirt and see what’s hiding there. The area size is also not an issue. Even a small backyard can result in you being able to hide a number of things just waiting to be discovered. Of course, it may change the number of items you can hide so keep that in mind when you are thinking about where to place your hunt. You want items to be decently spread out and of varying degrees of difficulty to find. Hiding some items below plants, under the ground at slightly different depths will also be a great idea. Choose the Items You also need to think about the items that will be hidden. When doing this at home, you can easily incorporate a range of discoveries from items such as: A bottlecap A silver quarter or other coins Old toy cars Old cutlery Old metal tools Civil war items (if you have any available) The list of things can get extensive. As long as they contain metal that can be detected by your metal detector, then they should be included on your list. What we recommend is to have as wide a variety of items in your seeded hunt with some being nothing more than junk while others have either a monetary or historical value. The aim here is to attempt to replicate the highs and lows of a real metal detecting adventure. You want to recreate the feeling of finding something, pinpointing it, digging it, and then at the last moment discovering if it was worth the adrenaline pumping, or not. Of course, having this range of items will then allow you to spend time educating your child on what it is that they have discovered. In other words, it makes history far more interactive, and a whole lot more fun. Also, if more than one child is going to be participating, then spread the objects evenly across an area and then allow them to search in their own unique spot. These types of metal detecting hunts are all about the fun aspect, but in this instance you want each child to be able to uncover some of the items just to prevent any problems. Equipment Required for a Seeded Hunt When it comes to equipment for your own seeded hunt in your backyard, then the list is relatively small. Of course, there’s a metal detector and this can be any brand from Garrett Metal Detectors, to Minelab Metal Detectors, and more. In addition, if you already own a pinpointer, then this can also be useful especially if you have included some smaller items in the hunt. Optional items to include with your hunting gear are headphones as well as digging tools to help your child on their relic hunt. If the idea of digging is something you would prefer to avoid or even limit, then you can get around this problem by hiding items in longer grass or below the leaves of plants. So, we recommend the following equipment to really make sure your treasure hunt goes off with a bang. A metal detector (of any kind) A pinpointer (if you have one) Items to hide A treasure finds box or bag for your child to use to store their discoveries A trowel for them to dig (if you have hidden the items below ground) Cleaning equipment to give them the ability to wash their discoveries As you can see, this list of equipment is minimal, to say the least, but the enjoyment it can bring is huge. Also, you won’t be required to own an elaborate metal detector or pinpointer. Even a basic model, which is perfect for people being introduced to the hobby, is going to be ideal. Making History and Education Fun What we love about the concept of a seeded hunt is the way in which it provides you with such a wonderful chance to introduce anybody to history in a fun and inventive way. While adding in normal, everyday items to the hunt allows you to replicate the true nature of going on a metal detecting adventure, choosing the key items allows you to really control what it is that people will learn. Imagine a civil war relic, or even something as simple as a musket ball. It allows you to bring back to life that aspect of society. A broken belt buckle from the 19th century allows you to talk about the way in which people dressed, and all while your child is holding a genuine item from that era in their hand. That alone is a fantastic way to help them to connect with the past and it goes far beyond reading a book. Also, thanks to the Internet, it’s easy to find various items to include. Competition Hunts for Treasure Hunters Running a seeded hunt is not only for individuals seeking to amuse and educate their children. Instead, competition hunts for clubs and interested treasure hunters can also be another possibility. Add in that some clubs will run them especially for children to help get them introduced to this as a hobby, and what you have is a larger hunt that could even have bigger prizes or discoveries waiting to be found. These competition hunts may include an entry fee, but there are prizes awarded to the competition winners at the end. In this setting, a competition hunt involves the organizers establishing a treasure hunting area where pre-hidden artifacts are placed. Do note that the idea of it being a competition may not apply when a hunt is aimed more at children. Then, it’s all about the fun of finding things rather than having them compete against one another. Your local metal detecting club should be able to advise you on this. Also, a fee is often required as that is what funds the purchase of new silver coins or other items that are then placed within the hunt area. This fee may also be used to cover the cost of a raffle that will often be in operation for everyone taking part. You may also find that there is a food stall at these competition hunts, so it can easily become a day-long experience for the entire family. We recommend that you contact your local metal detector club to determine if they either hold seeded hunts themselves or if they are aware of any that operate in and around your local area. Different Types of Treasure Hunts It’s easy to organize different types of treasure hunts with various end goals. It doesn’t always have to be focused on who finds the most buried treasure within a specific timeframe. Instead, you may wish to organize different hunts such as: Who finds the most coins Who finds the most trash Who finds the oldest item Metal detecting bingo Who has the most valuable find Who has the smallest find (for accuracy and pinpointing competition) This is all about giving the competitors the opportunity to test their metal detectors and their own individual skill at uncovering items that they know are within a set area. Of course, if you are only running this hunt for a family-bonding experience, then perhaps merely telling your family members how many items are waiting to be discovered will be enough competition for them. More Than Just the Competition A seeded hunt created for clubs or for a number of potential new hobbyists to come together is about more than just the competition. Instead, it provides people with the opportunity to show off their recent discoveries such as a civil war relic uncovered the previous week. It allows people to discuss new metal detectors or metal detecting accessories that they feel has made a real difference to their experience. Also, it provides club members with a fun way of coming together and spending time with others who share the same hobby. Detectorists enjoy being around like-minded people and club hunts can be a great way of checking out which metal detector is performing the best. Is the latest metal detector by Garrett coming up to the standards they expect? Is the old Minelab detector still performing and helping you to get those discoveries that are at depth? If you are new to the whole idea of metal detecting, then going to check out a seeded hunt can also help you understand the process of a metal detecting hunt and what happens when that signal is triggered and the detectorist has to get to work unearthing the discovery. With children, it can also provide them with the opportunity to learn the experiences of the metal detecting hobby. Don’t be surprised if it triggers a sense of excitement and desire to check it out for themselves, so being aware of the best metal detector for kids in advance could be useful. As you can see, a seeded treasure hunt can be a wonderful way to introduce some new activities to your child while also providing you with an opportunity to teach them more about history. It feeds into a natural excitement surrounding uncovering treasure. The story that you attach to the treasure buried around your yard is going to be entirely up to you. Be as creative as you like, but remember to throw some history facts about those civil war discoveries that they can carry around for the rest of their lives. How To Organize a Metal Detecting Seeded Hunt originally appeared on kellycodetectors.com
  22. Thanks for the kind words Steven! I just hope someone uses this advice to find gold that I wouldn't have otherwise have eventually found myself.
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