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Coin and Trade Token depths.

April 11, 2022 11:30AM avatar
Most Coins and Trade Tokens are of similar size and shape (note that I said most), and here in the USA our coins are made of a non-ferrous / non-magnetic metal.

We search for them virtually anywhere, from urban tot-lots, yards, parks, schools, sports fields, parking strips, and other areas, to the more remote locations like stage stops,, encampment, homesteads, fairgrounds, old picnic groves or recreation sites, ghost towns and so forth.

Some like to search wide-open grassy parks or densely littered old townsites. What I am curious about is this:


** What is the most typical 'depth range' for Coins and Tokens where you usually hunt?

** What is the percentage of coins & tokens you find annually in that 'average' depth range'?

** What is the deepest coin-depth you have achieved?

** What percentage of your coin/token recoveries do you consider are in that 'deeper depth' range?

** What detector(s) & coil(s) do you usually grab for routine coin & token hunting?

** What detector & coil do you use if going after any deeper targets?

Monte's Comments:

--> Decades of both Coin Hunting and Relic Hunting, in at least 15 US states, I would say the 'typical' depth for located Coins and Tokens is from surface to 4", and honest depths below dirt-level that I consider to be more of a mid-depth range would be over 4" to about 6".

--> My best estimate is that at least 95% of my found coins and tokens have come from that range of surface to 6". Of that over 95%, easily 85% of them have been surface to 4".

--> With over 5 decades of very avid detecting and hundreds of thousands of coins found, the deepest, 'honest measured depth' I recall was 11+". That was back sometime in early to mid 1984, if I recall correctly.

--> Whenever I find a coin or token that is over 6" deep, I consider that to be a 'Deep' target. It might generally be 6" to 9" and that's where most are, but a really 'deep' target is in the 9+" depth range.

--> Those 'deeper' coin-type targets only account for about 5% of my finds.

--> March '65 to fall of '77, BFO's, TR's and TR-Disc. models accounted for all my detecting finds, and then to July of '83 it was mainly VLF/TR-Disc. and a couple of TR-Disc. units. That spanned the hey-day era when I could find 60K to 70K coins per year. In July '83 I got a Tesoro Inca that gave us our good, first, slow-motion GB-Disc. detector, and from then to now I use a motion-based Detector virtually full-time.

Today, my Detector Team consists of the following:

Fisher F75 w/3.5X6.5 Con. ... For trasier places like picnic boweries, etc.
Garrett Apex w/5X8 DD ... Main-use is urban Coin Hunting
White's XLT w/6.5" or 8" Con. ... Open-area hunting like parks, schools, etc.
Tesoro Silver Sabre microMAX w/6" Con. ... Tot-Lots and similar places.

Makro Racer and Nokta CoRe w/'OOR' DD, Nokta Relic w/5" DD, Tesoro Bandido II w/6" Con. ... All of these for older remote sites, especially with dense Iron debris, as well as urban locations with dense Iron..

Any site, I just grab the combination I feel most comfortable with.


"Your EYES ... the only 100% accurate form of Discrimination!"

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Coin and Trade Token depths.

Monte 747 April 11, 2022 11:30AM

Re: Coin and Trade Token depths.

Utmike 490 April 11, 2022 10:56PM

Back to you, Utmike.

Monte 216 April 12, 2022 03:47PM

Back to you Monte

Utmike 211 April 12, 2022 08:56PM

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