by Dan Hughes, Treasure Hunters Hall of Fame
"Dan, I started reading your book late in the evening, fell asleep on the sofa, woke up around 3 A.M. and finished another chapter. I love it, but now my marriage might be in jeopardy. My wife said no treasure hunting book is worth sleeping on the sofa for, unless I plan on sleeping there every night. Any chance that you will author a marriage study guide?!"
--- Larry Speed, West Des Moines, IA
New Second Edition
In the Second Edition, I've rewritten, updated, and expanded most of the material.
I've also (blush) eliminated most of the typos.
Why I Wrote This Book
I've been reading books about treasure hunting and metal detecting for almost half a century now.
And my feeling is that there are a lot of good books out there, but most of them have some problems.
For example, many of the best books are outdated. Karl von Mueller's Treasure Hunting Manuals should be in every treasure hunter's library, for sure, but they were written way back in the 1960s. So even though they are wonderful to read, they won't be much help to you in selecting or using a modern metal detector. (And some of Karl's books can cost as much as a hundred dollars or more in the collectibles market.)
Similarly, several excellent books on coinshooting were written in the 1970s and 1980s, but the detectors those books recommend have not been made for years.
Does Charles Garrett Promote White's Detectors?
Many books about detecting are published by the companies that make metal detectors, or written by owners or employees of these companies. Some of them read like extended commercials for the brands that produced them. Can you imagine a book put out by Ford that tells you to buy a Chevrolet? Or even admits that Chevrolet exists? Right.
And many other books are limited in depth and scope. They are digest-sized, with good but limited information.
So when I decided to write a metal detecting manual, I wanted it to be a large, easy-to-read, unbiased book that covered all facets of this wonderful hobby. Readers tell me I've done a pretty good job of it.
Here are just a few of the things you'll
learn from my book:
The Number One Rule of Treasure Hunting (break it and you could lose a fortune)
Two ways not to ask permission to hunt on private property
The tool that can double your finds
Prime treasure hunting areas that are open just a day or two every fifty years
What never to tell the librarian or historian when you're doing research
How to keep bothersome kids away when you're metal detecting
How one treasure hunter got exclusive permission to hunt three old Boy Scout camps
How to find ghost towns in your area (and they're not just out west - they are located in every state)
The lowdown on long-distance gold detectors
Best places to coinshoot in yards, parks, school grounds, and sports fields
How a handful of golf tees can double your hunting results
The people who can help you find really old coins
Old-coin-producing places that are seldom searched by treasure hunters
Fifteen ways to get better depth from your machine
The secret hiding places that people use when they don't want their money found
What not to name your treasure hunting club
The ultimate checklist: Over 200 great places for coinshooting
I've included several personal stories, too, such as:
The treasure I buried in 1958 (and it's probably still there)
Why, when I was a kid, hundreds of dollars in valuable coins passed through my hands every Saturday
How I broke up a teenage romance with my metal detector
And that's just the beginning. Here's the full Metal Detecting Manual Table of Contents.
And, you can read an actual sample page from the book.
Important Note: This book is available ONLY from my website. I pack, address, stamp, and mail every copy personally from my home. This book is not sold in stores, and Amazon and other online booksellers do not have it and cannot get it, unless they buy it from me for the same price you pay.
© 2011 Dan Hughes