How to Find Lost Gold on a Beach

How and Where to Find Lost Gold on a Beach

Finding lost gold on a beach can be among the most lucrative gold prospecting pursuits – the gold is generally in larger weights than you would normally find in a river and the gold will most likely also have been refined down to higher grades by the jeweler.

First off you will have to get your hands on a decent gold finding metal detector, read more about these on this page – Precision gold metal detectors. Next you need to pick a beach to begin metal detecting on, be sure that you are allowed to metal detect on the beach, you can do this by checking your local metal detecting laws.

Where to find lost gold on a beach

Obviously there is no point in looking for lost gold on a beach that has nobody visiting it on a regular basis – the more people that visit a beach the more lost gold and jewellery there should be on it. Take note of the high tide and the low tide lines, in between these areas it is unlikely that there will be any gold, very few people sit at these areas, if they do they will not stay there for very long periods as the incoming sea will force them to move. Similarly, people do not like to sit too far away from the sea,  the best place to metal detect is about half the depth of the beach – half the distance from the sea to the back of the beach, obviously there can be some variations on this rule depending on your local beach but this rule generally holds true – basically take a step back away from the beach and analyze it scientifically, this will save you time and increase your chances of finding a diamond encrusted gold ring :).

How to find Lost Gold on a Beach

In order to maximize your odds of finding some decent lost treasure on a beach it is best to sweep the beach in a predetermined and organized manner. If the beach is very large before you begin sweeping the beach with a metal detector you should do the following –

  • bring a measuring tape and mark out a square grid as large as the tape will allow. So say for example your measuring tape is 15 meters long (which most are), create a 15 meter squared grid.
  • Mark the four corners of the 15 m squared grid with a stick (or anything non metallic so as not to interfere with the metal detector)
  • Split this large grid into 4 smaller equally sized squares, this does not not to be accurate, it is just to make it easier for you to know where you are within the grid. mark these 4 smaller squares with 4 more non metallic objects (simply put an object halfway between each of the large corners to create the 4 smaller squares)


With that done you can now begin looking for jewellery including silver and gold. Ground balance your metal detector and step into the square with your detector and sand scoop. First, start by sweeping inside one of the smaller squares, start in one corner and work through it in a straight line while sweeping the metal detector side to side in front of you, when you reach the end of the square turn 180 degrees and move slightly to one side and do the same. Continue this process until you reach the opposite end to which you had started. Now you have one of the small squares completed. Repeat this with the other three small squares and you will eventually have completed the whole large 15 m square in a through and systematic manner – if there was gold or jewellery here you would have found it, at least you can be confident that you have not missed anything. You can then create a new large square using one of the edges of the old square as your starting point, do this up the whole length of the beach and you will find gold,silver or any other expensive jewellery if it is there.

Please note – if you do find jewellery it is usually against the law to simply take it home with you, you should first hand it into your local law enforcement agency to be placed in lost & found for a period of up to a year, if it is not claimed within that period it is then legally yours, check your local laws just to be safe.