Richard Vann is starting a Coin Collecting club in the area and he would like to see it grow county wide, if not state wide. Vann will be holding his first meeting on May 6that 10:00 am located at the Sistersville Park Pavilion. He also wants to train people on the correct ways to use metal detectors. Vann explained how different pitches identify different metals. Also, each metal detector is different and they can be confusing to use without proper knowledge.
Vann explained that the machines can be adjusted to pick up different metals such as nickel, zinc, gold, silver, and other forms of metal. Some detectors can test up to 54 different forms of metal in the ground giving you an idea of what you have found before even digging it up. Vann also explained that different heads can create different signal patterns allowing for precise location of objects found. With the advancement of technology, metal detectors have also evolved into lightweight, wireless, and extremely accurate tools.
Vann feels that this is a great opportunity for people of the community to get outdoors and hunt for lost coins and other valuable pieces of history. He explained that as they search through areas, the coin collectors are free to keep what they find however, scrap metal will be recycled and the refunds will be given back to the community. It is also an opportunity for some land owners to have people come in and clean up the property free of charge. Vann stated, "There is a Cree that we don't trespass. We ask permission and we give back to the landowners."
Photo by Chad Turner
Richard Vann displays a variety of metal detectors.
Vann also said that the club could assist members of the community by finding certain lost items. For example, say you lost a wedding ring in your yard and cannot find it, members would be willing to bring a metal detector to the location to help recover the missing jewelry.
Vann said that he will "study county maps and ask the old timers" in attempts to find locations with potential buried relics such as old civil war locations, areas where old stores used to be, or somewhere that you think has potential.
There will be prizes awarded to some of the coin hunters but Vann feels,"The main objective is to get families out and about to participate. I've hooked up with some sponsors and when it gets big enough from April to October. We will try to do two a month." He continued, "The more you do it, the more you can teach them to dig right and not tear up yards and let the landowner sort through and pick some nice things out.
The main things is to get everyone together to eat, enjoy the comradery and all the junk metal you can be recycled to give back to the community to buy coats for the needy or food or whatever they want to do with the money".
Coin hunting is also a good form of exercise. Vann mentioned that there is a great deal of walking involved as you get more serious into the hobby. He feels that it is a fairly inexpensive hobby that can pay for itself over time. There are also refurbished machines available at around half the cost as the original. Since there is such a variety of detectors, it is recommended that you research and test a detector before purchasing one, to ensure that you feel comfortable with your device. For more information about coin collecting you may contact Richard Vann at 304-483-1499