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Coinshooting – Best Places to Look for Old Coins
The term coinshooting refers to searching for coins with a metal detector. Recreational coinshooting can be done almost anywhere. The best locations are schools, churches, and parks. Quality coins can be found in older places. Schools and churches built after 1970 will not produce silver coins or wheat pennies. Look for older buildings, especially ones with the date on a cornerstone or a plaque near the entrance.
Churches are a special place to coinshoot because they are usually the oldest buildings in a community and hold the oldest coins. Churches were often the first buildings erected in small towns after the homes were built. All of the town's people would gather at the church, and children would play in the area around the church. Search under and around trees on church property, since people would sit in the shade on a hot day or children would climb and play in the trees.
Although it is pretty easy to distinguish older schools from the newer ones, many new schools are built on the site of old schools that have been torn down. This is where your research would pay off and you could find great treasures. Look for locations built before the early 1900s that were center stage for large crowds to gather, such as gazebos or bandstands. Gazebos were often located on church grounds, parks or town squares. The same is true for bandstands, but they have the added benefit of seating areas to coinshoot around. These are two examples of excellent sources of quality coins.
There are numerous locations to coinshoot, limited only by your imagination. Coins are found anywhere money exchanged hands or could fall out of pockets or purses. Old drive-in theaters are good sources, especially around the playground area in front of the screen. Although they may be filled with trash, there are ways to get around that. Discrimination options can cut out a lot of trash, or a smaller coil will help detect between pieces of trash. Some metal detectors even have a bell tone alert or tone identification that sounds off on coins but produces a low hum on trash.
A great location that is often overlooked is under old bleachers. Older fields were usually used for both baseball and football games. Again, there may be lots of trash, but it is usually worth digging through it to find silver.
Another great location to coinshoot is in the grassy area between sidewalks and streets. Although it is public property, in residential areas it is common courtesy to check with the homeowners before you start metal detecting. If the owners have lived in the area for any length of time, they may be able to provide some additional tips on where to hunt. Do not forget to look around old parking meters in the area. Check the medians in the center of roads in housing areas. Children often use this area as football or baseball fields.
Remember to always ask permission when hunting in these places. It is not difficult to get permission to hunt at churches. Go early and let them know you will be hunting at a time when they are not busy. For schools, just contact the front office and ask permission to hunt when school is not in session. It is also helpful if you tell them you will return any class rings or other identifiable items you find. Check with city hall or the local police department when asking about coinshooting in public parks. The main thing to remember is to let them know that you will dispose of any trash items you find and that the only thing you will leave behind are your footprints.