Can you make money metal detecting?


Do you make money beach metal detecting is something I often get asked?

The simple question to this is yes, but there are things you need to consider and take into account and don’t expect to be a millionaire.

Making money metal detecting on the beach can be fairly straightforward (at times). If you put in the time, have a decent metal detector that can handle the wet salt sand, and learn to understand the beaches you are going to metal detect on, money can be made.



One of my smaller rings finds while beach metal detecting. . .

I have listed a few of my beach metal detecting tips and secrets here which should point you in the right direction to finding items and making a little money via metal detecting.. The article ‘beach metal detecting can be a lucrative hobby’, is also worth looking at, and there will be plenty more posts to come.

Things to consider if your looking to make money metal detecting!

If you’re looking to make money from metal detecting and especially beach metal detecting, there are other things to consider. Things like how close to a beach you live, as driving for miles costs fuel and anything you find will need to cover this cost. You might find some items of value but if you have spent a lot of money on travel and parking etc, you won’t add anything to your bank balance.

Time of year will also have an effect as the summer months see the beaches packed with holiday makers replenishing the beach with new lost items, but restricting the time you can spend on the beach. Enthusiasum can see you travelling to the beach every second possible, but pick your times and tides and you will see better results.

Winter sees less user activity on the beach but the winter storms will rip up the beaches and deposit deeper finds within range of your metal detector, deeper finds that could possible be more valuable.

A couple of examples of whats possible if you put the time in metal detecting on the beach – GOLD

The video below shows a lovely gold coin that came out of the sand as seen. The level the coin was hidden in was exposed by winter storms enabling me to walk over it at the right time. I wish I had more days like this. . .:-)

The second video also shows a gold ring and believe it or not, both were found on the same day. . . .what a day. the bottom line is that these items show you whats possible to find and both were worth money.

Competition also needs to be taken into account, as during the summer months many busy beaches will have a number of people beach metal detecting on them. On some beaches this can be a really big factor, which leads onto the next point to consider.

Time of day is also important from my perspective, as you will find that early mornings on a beach will often be the best time to detect. You will be able to recover more as the beach users will not pester you. Saying this though, it doesn’t mean that metal detecting on the beach on a summers day at midday is not productive. It can be very productive, but it really does depend on the size of the beach and your personal perspective.

beach metal detecting find

you just never know what will turn up, and my son was over the moon we found this ipod and it still worked.

Tides also play a big part in what you might find detecting on the beach. In my part of the world I have beaches that never get totally covered by the tide and others which planning around the tides is a must. Dry sand, wet sand or shallow water can all be targeted from the beach. Shallow water metal detecting is a real specialized arm of the hobby and one I have not touched on, but can be very productive.

There are many things to consider when beach metal detecting and trying to make money. I know it’s possible to make some extra money while taking part in a great hobby but you need to put the time in.

Loose change, jewelry and other things of value are all items you can find while beach metal detecting and I have certainly found my fair share. Just don’t expect to get rich over night and see these lucrative finds as more of a bonus than the normal, but there is money to be had!

I have looked at this from a UK beach metal detecting perspective. If you look at making money while metal detecting on the beaches in the USA, then that is another story all together!

Where and how did I start finding valuable items on the beach?

For me, it all started with reading up on which metal detector to use (one that would break the bank) and the where, when and how. Choosing the correct metal detector for beach metal detecting is important as they need to be able to cope with the wet salt sand, but thats another blog post.

The where, when and how started with some great metal detecting books and you can check out a great selection of metal detecting books here on Amazon.



To finish, if you are looking to make some money beach metal detecting, get out there, put the time in and don’t give up. You will learn where to look, when the best time to go and once you have found your first valuable item, you will never look back

Good luck and don’t give up.

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