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Treasure Finds and Stories

There are treasure hunters all over the world uncovering incredible finds with a metal detector. Whether you’re new to the hobby, or a seasoned pro, sharing the story behind each discovery is part of the fun and excitement. Check out these treasure finds and stories; some of which are from our very own customers!
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Minelab CTX-3030 Standard-with Wireless Headphones
Minelab CTX-3030 Standard-with Wireless Headphones
Minelab CTX-3030 Standard-with Wireless Headphones
First find with my CTX 3030
Following a tip to an old smelter a few miles from my near Vernal, Utah I hit my first major find. I've only had my minelab a couple weeks and have been very impressed with it. But I can't explain the excitement when my shovel turned up a Smith Wesson P99. I have it soaking and I think that it may be salvageable. How exciting!...
Garrett AT Gold
Garrett AT Gold
Garrett AT Gold
Sterling Silver ring found by Garrett AT Gold
The AT Gold is super sensitive on rings, this is the third ring found so far over areas i have taken my AT Pro.
The ring found today is a small ladies ring, nice and thin but came up nice and clear on the detector....
Fisher CZ-21
Fisher CZ-21
Fisher CZ-21
Find of a lifetime.
While under water detecting in a lake here in Virginia I dug a 1 and 1/4 Diamond ring with my CZ21 Fisher. When I took it to get it looked at by a local jeweler he said it was one of the most perfect diamonds he had ever seen. He said it was worth between $12,000 and $15,000. Needles to say it took my breath away for a moment. I can't say enough about the CZ21. I have to add that my WIFE LOVES IT!!!!...
482 Gram Nugget
I bought a Minelab 4500 and loaned to a friend in mexico who found a 482 gram gold nugget and also a 6 pound meteorite with the Minelab....
Minelab SDC 2300 Gold
Minelab SDC 2300 Gold
Minelab SDC 2300 Gold
Diamond Ring Found by SDC 2300
When you take a pulse induction metal detector to a tourist beach in Florida, it helps if you know the hot spots. This past weekend I took my new Minelab SDC 2300 to a few local beach sites within walking distance of each other. The small beach entrances have very few parking spaces, but they do see quite a few people using the beach and swimming opposite the entrances....
Minelab Excalibur II
Minelab Excalibur II
Minelab Excalibur II
212 Target Day and GOLD
Went to a lake and hunted a beach with a friend that must have not been hunted in a long time. I was using my Excalibur II and he was using his Garrett At Pro. I was getting hits after hits digging it all. I started working the buoy line that separates the deeper water from the shallow side I got a low foil like tone. I figured it was just a wrapper from a cigar pack like I have gotten before. To my huge surprise I saw a Yellow Bracelet hanging half out of my scoop and after looking it was marked 14k but had CZ's in it! A little while later we decided to take a break and as I was just about out of the water I got a tone that was higher pull tab. when I was was...
Minelab SDC 2300 Gold
Minelab SDC 2300 Gold
Minelab SDC 2300 Gold
Digging Out My Very First SDC Nugget

I had the opportunity to do some testing yesterday with Minelab’s newest SDC 2300. I need to log more hours on the unit, but thus far I can say I am impressed. I took it to one of my old nugget patches here in central AZ that has been walked across many times before. This particular spot has some really nasty sections of mineralized ground which is a mixture of red clay, granites, schist, and lots of surface ironstone. I started off with the Mode Switch in the 2 position and had zero trouble getting a ground balance. I kept pushing the level until I hit a 4.

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Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Colonial 5 penny weight Apothecary, colonial silver charm
Picked up an Etrac recently, went back out to a colonial era site i had been working with another detector and pulled up some amazing finds.

(1) colonial era 5 penny weight apothecary with
a clenched fist mark
(2) colonial era charm with 5 penny
weight symbol in center and clenched
fist hanging from the bottom, found in two
pieces.
(3) colonial era silver religious pendent .

and hit the beach with the Etrac for my first class ring ......
Minelab SDC 2300 Gold
Minelab SDC 2300 Gold
Minelab SDC 2300 Gold
3 Hour Session With SDC 2300
Just to be absolutely sure of my opinions/impressions/convictions of the SDC 2300 I went out for 3 hours to a new location not detected before with SDC and below are the results ..... I dug nothing but obvious targets that a new chum could easily hear....
Minelab SDC 2300 Gold
Minelab SDC 2300 Gold
Minelab SDC 2300 Gold
Finding Gold with the SDC 2300
I got out and did a little more prospecting with the SDC 2300, and got 3 more nuggets, total weight 2.5 grams. The more I use this detector the happier I am with it and its finding good gold for me. I took my brother in law out with me and with the external speaker gave him a few lessons in nugget detecting. There were a bunch of old 22 caliper brass shells at this one place, and I told him we needed to get these out of the way because they would shield us from hearing any smaller targets....