This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of helping expert treasure hunter, Brant Jones, search my yard for lost money and trinkets.
Brant is a member of the Farmland Fire Department, and President of the East Central Indiana Treasure Hunters.
I came into contact with him via the Randolph County History Facebook page. While he usually prefers to search fields with his metal detector, the fields are planted, so he reached out to other members of the page, to see if they had a site that he could search. Considering that I'm interested in history and coins, and had even considered getting a metal detector, I quickly volunteered.
The next day, Brant arrived with his professional quality detector in tow. Since he knew that I was interested in the hobby, he also brought one for me to use, an entry level device priced around $250, but of great quality, and simple to use.
After a very short briefing to go over the equipment, and the best way to dig out a plug, we were scanning the front yard. Almost immediately, both of our machines were "hitting". He showed me how to zero in on the target, and dig it out. A special knife-like shovel is used to remove a plug of dirt. After removing the plug, a handheld wand detector known as a pinpointer is used to locate the object in the removed plug, or the hole left behind.
The pinpointer runs around $100. And while it's not a necessity, it is a time saver. It also comes in handy when you have two young kids eager to get involved. My girls enjoy playing in the dirt, even when there is no fiscal incentive. So imagine how eager they were when they found out that we were looking for treasure!
And don't think that I'm using the word treasure loosely. Brant has located a number of great historical pieces, including gold rings, civil war belt buckles, buttons, and firearm pieces, and countless pieces of silver.
By the way, did you know that all dimes, quarters, halves and dollars dated 1964 and earlier, contain 90% silver. That means, based on the current price of silver, a 1964 quarter is worth around $5. A little more exciting now, ayy?