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Date(s) - 04/15/2019
6:30 pm

Raymond Frye Complex


Wellington – On Monday, April 15th at 6:30 p.m., Randy Albin, Wellington, will present the program “Finding Buried Treasure with a Metal Detector” to visitors and members of the Sumner County Historical & Genealogical Society at the Raymond Frye Complex, 320 N. Jefferson, Wellington.  Following his short talk, he will also do a live demonstration nearby.   Everyone is invited to attend the free program. For information or weather cancellations: President Jane Moore – 620-441-9835 or Vice-President Sherry Kline at 316-833-6161.

Among the many treasures that Albin, who has been metal detecting since 1995 has found, are Indian head pennies and several Civil War era items, such as Eagle buttons, a Flint Locker plate that belonged to someone in the 20th Regiment, and a cross saber cavalry button.

“Probably one of the coolest buttons that I’ve found,” Albin said.

Albin says he believes in “common sense metal detecting.”

“You got to have permission,” Albin says, “you don’t just go on someone’s property and start in, and when you go in somebody’s yard, you just can’t leave a mess.”

“I try to be professional about it,” Albin said, “when I get done, you can’t tell I’ve been there.”

Albin said that he has thirteen metal detectors and has both analog and computerized detectors, including two new ones, and will give a short presentation on the kinds of metal detectors and how they work, and then go to a nearby site where he has marked off some ‘target’ spots for a live demonstration.

“I’d like to find some seated Liberty coins,” Albin said, “that’s old coinage, it goes back to 1836 I believe.”


Albin found an 1866 nickel and two 1866 two-cent pieces here in a yard in Wellington; Wellington was founded in 1871, nearly 150 years ago.

“The 1866 two-cent pieces are about the size of a quarter, “ Albin said.

When detecting, Albin said he listens to the audio noises of the detector first before looking at the screen.

“On the modern ones, everything is push button,” Albin said, ”depending on what the target is, you can adjust the sensitivity.”

“Aluminum bottle caps read just like an Indian penny,” Albin said, “aluminum is my worst enemy.  Pull tabs from pop and beer cans can read just like coins when the pull tab is folded into the circle.”