Cindy Cash- an interview by Keith Mullins Mar. 18, 2014
edited by Duke Dillon
Most people have grand visions of being the child of a big celebrity, having the best of everything in life
simply handed to them, living in the lap of luxury while the “regular people” go about their work-a-day
lives. When it comes to being a star few have shined as brightly as Johnny Cash. After AMD&RR's
Keith Mullins recently interviewed Cash's daughter Cindy about her pursuits in metal detecting I came
away with two impressions; Cindy Cash has tremendous enthusiasm for the hobby. She has endured
trials and experiences in metal detecting to which anyone who has been detecting any length of time
can relate. More importantly, she is gracious and down to earth.
It's our pleasure to share her and Keith's conversation. Yes, Cindy Cash may live in the shadow of her
father but she will always stand tall as a metal detectress in her own right.
Keith: Hello Cindy, I appreciate your taking the time for this conversation. I posted a television interview
with you on our facebook group page. It generated quite a buzz and many questions from our members.
Let's start with how you got involved in the hobby of metal detecting
Cindy: I've been metal detecting for 40 years, since I was 16 years old however, I'm quite the amateur.
The first time I ever held a metal detector was at our vacation home in Jamaica and I dug up several
hand cuffs from the slave days. My dad already had a room full of them and had also found gold coins
and several other items from the 18th century as no one had ever looked for anything on this property
which was built in the 18th century by Robert Browning the poet. His daughter was Elizabeth Barrett
Browning and all the Barrett's are buried on the property. I haven't metal detected there since but have
never stopped hunting the treasures. Therefore, all I know is simply what my dad showed me and what
I've taught myself.
Keith: So your father was a detectorist?
Cindy: Yes, my most memorable hunt was the first one I ever went on with my dad in 1975, I was 16. He
bought me a Garrett and later on when he saw how interested I still was in metal detecting he bought
me a very nice digital Whites. I still haven't figured that one out as well, it's not quite so simple.
Keith: Do any other members of your family also detect ?
Cindy: Not until last year. I now have one of my favorite cousins hooked.
Keith: Having a famous father would open many doors that most people wouldn't have access to. Did
you and your dad ever get to detect any places that would ordinarily be closed to the public? If so,
where were they and what did you find?
Cindy: My dad never asked anyone if he could detect on their property that I know of. He had a lot of
acreage himself so we had a lot of places to go.
"Metal detecting...is truly a life's passion for me"
Keith: What type of detector do you use most often ?
Cindy: The Garrett 250 and Garrett 350 are the two I use most. I have 5 metal detectors.
Keith: What preference do you have if any, relic hunting, coin shooting, nugget, or beach hunting
Cindy: All of the above!
Keith: When you are traveling do you plan on hunting or have any of your trips been just to go
detecting? If so where?
Cindy: I never leave home without my detector! It's the first thing I pack when I travel. Any trip I take for
any reason I always try to find time to detect.
Keith: Where do you like to hunt mostly or where would you like to detect that you have not done so yet?
Cindy: Anywhere, especially if I know there is history there. I'd like to detect on a civil war site, a
plantation mansion, battlefield, campsites, etc. Also would love to detect in Europe somewhere...and
back to Jamaica!! I would also love to detect on a historical site and donate my findings... strictly for the
pleasure of the hunt!
Keith: What is your favorite find?
Cindy: That's hard to say. One of them is an iron emblem from a ranch or something, It has an
interesting design on it. I found it in the mountains here in California.
Keith: Do you know what was your father's favorite find?
Cindy: A gold coin from the 18th century in his front yard in Jamaica in 1975 and a branding iron on his
property in TN that had his initials as the brand!
Keith: What is the oldest dateable item you have found?
Cindy: An 1897 Indian Head Penny and many flat buttons. I also have found several mini balls and a
military button from the civil war in TN.
Keith: What is the most monetarily valuable item you have found?
Cindy: I don't really know, I have never sold any. I still have every item I've ever found since I started,
boxes of them and have never even showed them to anyone. Rings, coins, relics, bullets, etc., I have
tons of finds. (click here to see some of them)
Keith: What methods do you use to clean finds?
Cindy: I simply rinse them off, especially coins. They lose their value if you clean them.
Keith: Are there any features that are not yet on a metal detector that you would like to see and use?
Cindy: YES! I wish someone could figure out how to make a detector to discriminate 100% against pull
(Don't we all)
Keith: Are there any photos of you and your dad metal detecting?
Cindy: I wish there were, I'd love to have one. It was something just the two of us did together in private
areas so there was never anyone around with a camera.
Keith: Do you belong to any metal detecting clubs?
Cindy: No, I have never been involved in a club and have always wanted to do and have been looking
for a club or something to join. I have been several places all over California, I usually end up at the
beach or parks and find lots of trash.
Keith: What is your worst metal detecting story?
Cindy: I don't have any really horrible ones. I had a homeless man call the police on me when in the
county park one day. The cop came and said he couldn't find one single place that he could tell I had
been digging. He laughed at the man and told me to have fun and good luck. The man was not happy,
he told me that myself and other detectors were ruining his parks. It was really quite funny. Just a
grumpy old man.
Keith: What advice do you have for someone interested in beginning the hobby?
Cindy: No matter how well you read the manuals be patient and take the time to get to know your metal
detector. Being considerate is very important to me. I also try to carry a trash bag and clean up the trash
I find... and always fill your holes after a dig!
Keith: Perhaps we could meet someplace and do some detecting, I mostly relic search at historic sites
and then give most all of the items I find to the local historical society for preservation and display so that
everyone can enjoy them. I have 2 known stage coach stop sites close to me and am currently working
on locating physical proof of where an Army camp/outpost is rumored to have been in the mid-1850's.
Cindy: That's like what I've been looking to do all my life. It sounds like so much fun! It would be so
amazing to detect with someone that actually knows what they are doing.
Keith: Thank you again for your time Cindy
Cindy: Thank you so much for contacting me. I am always excited to learn more about the world of
metal detecting, it is truly a life's passion for me.
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