Middling Miscellanies…

The Deus II

Well XP was the first to show it’s new detector and now those interested sit back and wait for it to be available.  Apparently this is the new marketing ploy for the manufacturers – hint at a new machine, tease about it’s features, announce it with a “coming soon” byline and wait to see how many pre-orders they receive. I get it completely but would it not be better to have it ready to go, ready to ship, ready to please?

The new XP Deus II has all the bells and whistles, accessories and should be a winner, that is if you have the money. At $1599.00 it’s a bit pricey or at least it is for me.


Now Nokta Makro is on the clock with a launch date of November 19th. Should be interesting for sure.


If I Don’t Say So Myself…

The following is not a repeat per se. It’s from my “Coin Hunting in Depth” book published in 1994. While the book is obviously dated, a lot of the material still stands the test if time, and NO I do not get royalties nor am I selling books. In fact what back up books I had were victims of the 2015 tornado….

And yes this was written before everyone knew what the internet was….


I want to expound a little now on the actual act of  coinhunting, and what it’s all about….what you can realistically expect of your efforts.  Metal Detecting, or as many call it, treasure hunting, is not an exact  science, nor is it a subject you need to have a degree to excel at.  It’s an outdoor activity that involves four ingredients…a goal, good equipment, a plan and adequate research.

You buy a metal detector to find coins or other similar  treasures, and as such you already have a goal.   Next, assuming that you studied the various manufacturer catalogs, and compared the various bananas and oranges….you’ve bought the best detector money (your money) can buy.  Now comes the plan.  What do you expect to find, and how will you go about finding it?

Sound easy. and well to a certain extent it is, but on the other hand it’s not. You’re overloaded with all the information and specifications you read about, what was promised you in the magazines, and now you are puzzled as to just where to began?  You are interested in finding old turn- of-the century coins….barbers, seated liberty coins, etc.   How does that happen, and just what do you need to do?

 Start by exhausting those sites you “thought” held treasure…those areas that initially caused you to purchase a metal detector. After all no one invests in one if they don’t have some idea of where to use it.  Whether it’s Uncle Harry’s  liquor stash, Dad’s buried cache, or that old ballfield over off highway 66 that no one knows about but you, there’s a reason why you spent the money.

Initially of course you will find a coin or two, and realize that indeed your detector does do what it’s supposed to do.  Soon however you will exhaust those sites you were sure would give up more than they did, and you will become  frustrated.  You will then start hitting the local school yards, parks and beaches, hoping for terrific finds, and that one big one that will put you on easy street.  When that doesn’t happen, or when the actual finds aren’t of significant value, you will put the detector in your closet, to use perhaps another day. 

Am I beginning to depress you?  Am I on the money with my description of your coin hunting experience so far?  Well, while this is not my intention, it is my purpose to explain where you went wrong.  

All seasoned detectorists have been through this scenario, and those that continued and had success were those that had a realistic plan, and knew how to achieve their goal. They read a lot, asked questions when needed, and documented their findings.  In essence they knew that to find old coins, they had to find old sites. 

To find a 1914D Lincoln penny, they had to search a site that been in use in 1914, and to find lots of silver coins they had to search “money sites”….areas that necessitated the use of money to exist (old carnival grounds, amusement parks, etc.). They had a plan, and they did what was necessary to make it come to fruition. 

So if you do all these things will success come automatically?  Absolutely not, but it will happen more frequently.  Anyone with a metal detector can participate in hit or miss searches.  Their finds will reflect that, with a decent find sprinkled in here and there among the trash. The successful coinshooter however will consistently bring home interesting finds, day in and day out. He will also become more knowledgeable each time he searches because he took the gamble, and searched that site that no one had thought to check, and now understands the potential it offered…good or bad.  

Each trip into the field should be a learning experience for you.  Never waste your precious time  searching the same ole school yard, when there’s a newly plowed field along side that old farmhouse just outside town.   Better yet instead of wasting time with clad finds and pulltabs, spend it at the tax office, looking up landowners with whom you should speak to about searching their property.  A phone call may be all that is needed to assure your next trip out is a great one.

To sum up….understand that while you do not  need a degree to be a successful coinshooter, you do need to put in a little time and effort.  Your detector will find coins if there are coins to be found. Taking it to the right places is your job and you know that it’s not a difficult one, unless you want it to be.  You can work at this pastime or you can mope and complain – the end results will show which path you have taken!


On the home front…

…the docs keep finding problems. Fatigue and shortness of breath led to a stress test, an echo cardiogram and a cardiac catheterization. End result? Multi vessel coronary artery disease. Stents were out of the question and if treating my disease with RX doesn’t work I may well be a candidate for a bypass, though I was told at my age it would be risky. As if that isn’t bad enough I have to watch my diet and can’t drink with the medications I’m taking. 😞😞

So goes the life of one old and fragile tekkie. Wish me luck!




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22 responses to “Middling Miscellanies…

  1. “…tease about it’s features, announce it with a “coming soon”….” Jeez, sounds like a lady I once knew….
    $1500? It’ll sell, and sell well. It’s a ‘gottahaveitnow’ jobby for the tackle queens, though I suspect its underwater capabilities are aimed at a specialist niche market. It’ll be interesting how NM launch thier long-awaited ‘multi’ and which part of the hobbyist market they target.
    Oh yeah, I wish you luck and hope you’re back on the Merlot soon.

    • Yeah suppose so. The “gottahaveitnow” tekkies have the $$. Either that or they’re up to their eyeball in debt.

      Thanks, getting back on the Merlot looks like it’s a long way off.

      • Don’t worry about the Merlot. I can’t stand the stuff, but I’ve taken to forcing down a couple of glasses on your behalf. I mean, what are friends for?

  2. Dick sez:
    I get it completely but would it not be better to have it ready to go, ready to ship, ready to please?

    Dan sez:
    At our age, if it ain’t ready to ship today, it may be too late.

  3. john taylor

    your opening paragraph explains it all,especially the words,”metal detecting is NOT an exact science!” similar to “medicine is NOT an exact science either. at $1,599.00 a copy, believe I would rather purchase shares in the company, and call it a day!
    I’m just sayin’


  4. john taylor

    I am saying that both metel detecing, and medicine, are both “not exact sciences” detector is expensive for most, but not all, but as technology advances, cost is often, less a consideration going forward.


  5. All this talk of merlot.
    As a teetotaler with no knowledge of alcoholic drinks, I see the word merlot, but can’t quite place it. Either King Arthur’s wizard or a large hairy rodent is the best I can do.

    • Merlot is a grape Dan. Not sure why John keeps mentioning it either, I am a Cabernet fan. At the moment it looks like I will be joining your ranks until either this heart problem stabilizes or until I get tired and give it all up.

      • Cabernet? Isn’t that a song by Liza Minelli? “Life is a Cabernet, old chum, Come to the Cabernet.” Sorry, Dick, I’m a hopeless case.

        Hey, speaking of drinking, my neighbor had covid and it left him without a sense of taste or smell. He told me the one good thing about it is that he no longer drinks alcohol, because he can’t taste it. “So all I drink is water now. I’m saving a ton of money.”

      • Well I can still taste it and I miss it….me and Liza.

  6. Tony

    Oh the dilemma of a new detectors coming out and where to hunt……makes me wonder if this was the case back when analog to digital detectors came out……I guess I am getting older and slower too.

    Stay well my friend and take a day off from the meds and enjoy the merlot.

    • There were new models coming out back then, just not with all the suspense and drama. Can’t take a day off from the meds. Not an option unfortunately.

  7. john taylor

    me thinks ya already got into it! cheers!

    j (3-stabs) t.

  8. john taylor

    reverend! I would kindly ask you to “force down” a couple of tastes of that wonderful elixir m/d 20-20 but I believe that would be a stretch for you! I’m just sayin’

    j (3-stabs) t.

  9. Ah, JT:
    If one knew what ‘m/d 20-20’ was, one might try a sample.
    Bless you my son.

  10. john taylor

    mogan david 20/20 grape wine. elixir of kings 20 % found at “piggly wiggly” convenience stores. pint bottles. an acquired taste. “for whom does the bell toll, it tolls for thee!” I’m just sayin’

    j (3-stabs) t.

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