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Discover the Truth with Garrett Metal Detectors: Competitive Hunters Seek Hammered Coins in the UK

By Chris Reeves -September 30, 2019

Imagine the world is one giant treasure hunt. That's how our guest today Garrett Marketing Director Steve Moore on the new Discover the Truth podcast with Garrett Metal Detectors feels when he goes out into the field. On this episode host Chris Reeves asked Steve how he uses the product, what his most significant finds were, and what's on the horizon for security detection by Garrett metal detectors.

When Moore joined the company more than 13 years ago, he'd only used a Garrett metal detector a few times. But like any good marketer, he immersed himself in the product and then found himself hooked.

"The founder Charles Garrett encouraged us to get out in the field and work with people that use the products," Moore said. "I took to it immediately. I love the sense of chasing history."

He has 'chased history' around the world, most recently in the red dirt in far west Australia, Germany, and England. "I really enjoyed England because they have some really good treasure hunting laws that benefit both the searcher and the landowner. So much old and interesting history to find there."

Moore was on the hunt for hammered silver coins dating back to 1200s, something the local hunters have nicknamed "Hammies" in the UK.

While he was in the UK, Moore competed in a metal detecting competition called a rally against hundreds of others, where hunters searched for planted tokens or items they can find within an allotted period of time. "As a manufacturer, we're there for the fun of it and to support our brand," he said.

Whether it's casual, competition, or security detection, Garrett's range of products — from the popular Ace to walkthrough detection for sporting events and airports — have long been a trusted name in the industry.

Sport

Tips for Treasure Hunting with Nat Geo's Tim Saylor: Discover the Truth By Sean Heath -October 8, 2019

By Sean Heath -October 8, 2019

On each episode of National Geographic's Diggers, metal detector hobbyists Tim "The Ringmaster" Saylor and his friend "King George" Wyant traverse the United States in search of buried treasure. But treasure means different things to different people, says Saylor, who sat down with host Sean Heath for this episode of Discover the Truth by Garrett Metal Detectors.

"I'm one of the very few lucky ones that make a living off this, but I don't make a living off the things I find," he said. "I would be doing this whether or not I was on television because I do it for the love of it. This is about the thrill of the hunt and the sport of hunting."

But learning a sport takes time, Saylor advised.

"Don't be intimidated. Do what you want and you'll get alot out of the sport," he said.

While Garrett has a range of products that vary from nearly "plug and play" models that make it easy for novices to get started in the sport, veteran detectors find more as they become more acquainted with the features and technology.

"We know our machines forwards and backwards. We can sense what's going on just by what we're hearing," Saylor said. "But there's so much garbage in the ground that you have to learn how to interpret each little tweak to know what's bad, what's good, and what's iffy."

Among Saylor's favorite finds are an 22k solid gold mourning ring dated 1744 with an amethyst stone (the "greatest ring I've ever found in my life", according to him).