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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 Explorer SE Pro
Minelab Explorer SE Pro
Minelab Explorer SE Pro
1738 George II Half Penny
As I was growing up in the town of Niantic, CT my father always took me hunting and the Thanksgiving Day Pheasant Hunt was always something special. Now my youngest son and I enjoy a different type of hunting... treasure hunting. We have been treasure hunting for about one and a half years now. The finds just seem to get better the more I learn the Minelab Explorer ways. My son TJ loves collecting coins and has quite a nice collection. Half of the coins he has are coins we have found. Our dream is to someday find a Morgan Silver Dollar. We once found a 1906 Indian Head Penny, then a pre-1900 coin was our goal. We haven't found one yet but on Thanksgiving Day we found a 1...
Minelab Explorer SE Pro
Minelab Explorer SE Pro
Minelab Explorer SE Pro
Gold Coin Found in San Juan With Minelab Explorer SE
This is the gold coin I found on the 21st of June at 4:30 am while detecting on a beach in San Juan PR with my Minelab Explorer that I purchased from Kellyco. This is my first gold find. The coin is in Arabic and had it translated to 1327. It is probably a 50 Kurdish from Turkey. ...
Minelab Explorer SE Pro
Minelab Explorer SE Pro
Minelab Explorer SE Pro
Explorer SE Finds 1920 Wheat Penny 8" Down
I was able to get out today with my Minelab SE and the new 6 inch DD Excelerator coil. This coil has proven to be an exceptional coil for me. It is hot on small gold items and coins. The deepest coin I've dug was a 1920 wheat penny from 8 inches down with this coil. It has remarkable depth for such a small coil and it's separation is excellent. Today I headed for a park the 1940's. I wanted to see if I could find some coins at this spot today but all I found were some newer coins and a couple old printing plates. The 2 small plates were buried nearly a foot which I detected with the six inch coil. This 6 inch coil has been very stable and I find myself hardly ever taking it...
Minelab Explorer SE Pro
Minelab Explorer SE Pro
Minelab Explorer SE Pro
The Very First Coin Find With My Detector Was Silver!!!
JW-Just wanted to write and say "THANK YOU!" Recently, while searching for a new detector, you guided me toward the Minelab Explorer II. I have owned over ten different makes and models of detector over the past decade, and I was excited to try the Explorer II. After a month of nice weather, here in Ohio, UPS delivered my new Explorer just in time for 14 days nonstop of rain and thunderstorms. Just my luck! I have been cooped up in the house with my face pressed against the window like a kid at Christmas waiting for the sun to come out so I can play with my new toy. Finally, a few evenings ago, we were given a several hour break between raindrops and I used the time to brea...
Minelab Explorer SE Pro
Minelab Explorer SE Pro
Minelab Explorer SE Pro
Minelab Explorer II Finds Old Silver Buckle
I've considered myself a Metal Detectorist for about 30 years. On and off since the 1970's, I had given the hobby up for several years and started getting back out there in 2003. About a mile from my house, in beautiful New Hampshire, there is a farm owned by wonderful folks. It's run full-time, 'round year - they grow produce in the summer and Christmas trees in the winter. Last fall they gave me permission to hunt their property and I've spent a lot of time out there....
Minelab Explorer SE Pro
Minelab Explorer SE Pro
Minelab Explorer SE Pro
Dave in Iowa Finds Rare Civil War Name Plate
I've been metal detecting for 2 years, mainly old yards and private property, with my Whites Prizm 5 and Minelab Explorer SE metal detectors. I was out by myself one afternoon with only my metal detector, a pinpointer and a trowel, deep in the black river sands that I had searched before. In the past I had made some pretty significant finds at this location.I found a skeleton house key to an old house nearby and an 1898 Barber half dollar, but I knew there was more to be found. After having searched for two hours and not finding anything significant, I got a good signal. About 8" down I found my favorite find to date - a Civil War button and the name plate for "Captain J...
Minelab Explorer SE Pro
Minelab Explorer SE Pro
Minelab Explorer SE Pro
Amazing Civil War Relic Found 10 Inches Deep!
I don't think I would have believed this story had I not dug this find up myself and written about it! I recently went to the latest field, the one where multiple detectors hunt everyday. After searching the lower grass area for awhile and finding nothing of note, I moved toward the far right corner where I had found two good bullets the other day. I found the knapsack J hook in the above photo on Friday....
Minelab Explorer SE Pro
Minelab Explorer SE Pro
Minelab Explorer SE Pro
9th Century Gold Aestel at Auction: It'll make your heart skip a beat
Tim Pearson, a metal detectorist and amateur treasure hunter (aren't we all?) found what he thought was a milk bottle cap back in 2005. Pearson was detecting in a South Yorkshire field that he had combed over for more than six years. In the past the field that had yielded nothing more than a Roman coin for him, but this time, there was something special waiting. Tim says "When I broke open the clod of earth the first I saw of the aestel was its flat back covered in mud. Seriously just looked like a piece of gold coloured foil, hence the milk bottle top similarity. Obviously, soon as I had the object in my hand I knew it was something special!" But as you can guess, it...
Minelab Explorer SE Pro
Minelab Explorer SE Pro
Minelab Explorer SE Pro
Found Bronze Pig with Minelab Explorer SE
While I was metal detecting in England in the Spring 2010, using a Minelab Explorer SE I happened to dig a very interesting target. First, I have to tell you the make-up of the day. It was late March and one of the wettest Springs in their history. Needless to say there was a lot of rain. This particular day was no exception. In the middle of a downpour in England mud (the stuff that sticks to everything), my metal detector rang out a very loud audible tone. I started to dig my target, and dig, and dig...the rain hammering me and the wind blowing...and all I could think was I am going to dig a smashed aluminium can. To my surprise at about 1 1/2 ft. deep, I finally...