This metal detecting (detectoring?) lark has cost me money. I’m not flush at the moment so this is an issue. Last night, however, the payback began. Two and a half hours of work on the beach and I’m beginning to earn money. Admittedly it’s only 5p so far (1999 5p coin in fair condition – value about 1/-) but it’s a start.



I did bump into another detectorist who had already scooped up several quid, so I’ve got a lot to learn (e.g. get there earlier, look where people gather etc.).

Other finds last night included a pearl necklace (false), a clip-on dicky bow, some security glass, several beer caps, a fishing weight, a button, some foil and several lumps of unidentified scrap. All useful training in using the machine.

I dug up about 70-80% of my positive signals compared to 10-20% the last time. I was helped by a new technique called ‘reading the manual’. I’d been digging where the centre of the coil was when the machine went ‘ping’ when I should have been looking at the trailing edge.

About lancewoodman

Playwright, heritage interpreter and teacher. Living in the Midlands, UK

Posted on August 3, 2011, in Bexhill, Metal detecting. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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