In this chapter of our metal detecting guide, we talk about why metal detecting is so popular. Let’s start off with a simple question: why do people go metal detecting, and what’s so exciting about it?
As someone who loves this hobby and actively detects, this is such a hard question to answer because there’s so much to say.
The first thing to understand is that different people have different reasons to detect. Here are just a few more of the common reasons:
- The love of history and thrill of being able to hold something in your hands that hasn’t seen the light of day in hundreds of years.
- The love of coin collecting. Whether that be older colonial silver coins or more modern coins like wheat pennies.
- The love of being active and in the outdoors. Believe it or not, metal detecting can be a fantastic form of exercise.
- And of course financial gain from either selling your finds (gold/silver jewelry) or even gold nuggets.
Personally, my interests lie in the first three categories – as do most metal detectorists I know.
In fact, very few people I know are in this hobby for financial gain. Their finds are often more meaningful to them than a few extra dollars in their pockets.
Contrary to what a lot of people may think, people who metal detect are often history buffs and collectors who don’t frequent the pawn shops.
Metal detecting can also be extremely addicting – especially when you find yourself digging up relics that are hundreds of years old.
One of my very first finds was a French Military button from the late 1700s. I dug it near an old colonial homestead that, through research, I determined was once owned by a French family hundreds of years ago.
Pulling items like that out of the dirt gives you a huge adrenaline rush. For me, this is my ‘why’ for metal detecting.