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!
I got into metal detecting after doing my family genealogy. I found out that I had a Great Uncle who was a gold prospector in Arkansas. In 1927 he was murdered for his fortune, and learning this story got me interested in gold prospecting techniques.
That was four years ago, and since then I've been metal detecting up and down the Eastern United States. One day I was searching a desolate beach in Cape Cod, MA. - just me, a sand scoop and my Whites MXT that I had been using for two years, when I found my best treasure. I had been out for about a half hour and the beach was really sandy because a storm had just passed. I got a good signal and found, buried about an inch down,...
Minelab Musketeer Advantage
My Minelab Musketeer Advantage metal detector helped me find one of the most rare Texas Civil War buttons ever made.
I got into metal detecting because my wife bought me one for my birthday. 11 years later and I'm still addicted to this great hobby. My favorite places to hunt are private property and plowed fields. The day that I found this button I was searching a plowed field in the state of Louisiana. I had my Minelab Advantage, which I had been using for over two years by this point, and a shovel to help dig.
After about three hours in this field I got a good signal. It was only 4" down and my hunting partner knew immediately what it was. The only Texas Unit button ...
Bounty Hunter 1st Texas Pilot
My favorite places to hunt with my metal detector are torn-up sidewalks and old, demolished house sites and with good reason! When I took my favorite find to a coin dealer he looked up and asked "Where did you get THIS?!"
I've been metal detecting for about 7 years, all because I got curious one day about what was laying just underneath the surface. I had been using my detector for about a year, and I was hunting alone this particular day with just my detector and a trowel. After about an hour and a half of searching I wandered over to a demolition site where an old homes yard was all shaved down to dirt. The top 8" of ground was completely gone and scra...
Fisher's CZ-6A has been one of the best machines I've owned and helped me recover upwards of 400 buttons!
As a retired real estate broker I didn't have much interest in treasure hunting, but a friend of mine introduced me to the hobby and I've been metal detecting for about 15 years now. My favorite place to search is beaches and private property, since I live in Cape Coral, Florida, the beaches are easy to get to.
My favorite find to date was found while I was searching private property. I was with my hunting buddy, Jerry Cooper, and hunting with only my CZ-6A and a relic shovel. I've used this detector for six years, so I know it very well....
Minelab Excalibur II
In the mid-1970's, my parents bought me a Relco Metal Detector. It had a depth range of about 6 inches, no earphone jack, and you could barely hear the audio tones on the beach when it was windy. But I had a blast with it and I was hooked on detecting.
Now I am primarily a beach hunter in the Orlando area. I hunt with the Minelab Excalibur about 80% of the time. I love the amphibian advantage of this machine and thus, the ability to walk into a good trough as I spot it. I also use a Minelab Sovereign GT when I want to cover more ground, and I recently bought a White's Dual Field Pulse.
As a beach hunter, most of my finds are rings and jewelry. My best hunts have always bee...
Minelab Explorer SE Pro
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...
Garrett GTI 2500 Pinpointer Package
We were recently surveying a historical indian camp site in Kansas and I found a silver metal piece. The archologist we were working with has since completed research on the object and sent me the results. The engraving of the lion, unicorn and coat of arms represents the Royal Coat of Arms for the King of England.
The coat of arms frequently changed and this version was in use from 1801 to 1811. You can see from the picture that holes had been drilled into each end so it was probably used as an arm band. It was probably picked up during a raid and it's original usage is unknown at this time. I was using my Garrett GTP 1350 metal detector purchased from Kellyco and I am ve...
Detech 6x8" SEF Butterfly Search Coil (White's)
Got my new SEF 6x8 coil yesterday and put it to the test right away. My buddy and I hit a Boy Scout camp which shutdown in 1968 and is now private property which his buddy owns. We hit it for 3 hours and the Etrac with the small sef pulled out 15 wheats, 2 mercs, 1 rosie, 1 quarter, 2 jeffersons, 1 V nickel, boy scout necker slider and a WWII medal. A lot of these coins had nails, crown caps and just plain junk soil type stuff mixed in....
Minelab Sovereign GT
I DID IT! I DID IT! I DID IT!!!!!
The find of a life time - pinch me. I had no idea of what i found! We went over to Daytona Beach to hunt and hoped to find something left by the fourth of July weekenders.
We got up early, which about killed me since I went to bed around two! We hit the beach at 9a.m. and hunted to about one when a very bad storm sent us off the beach. That was ok I needed a break and was hungry so we stopped at Wendy's and then proceeded to my spot. I told Jerry I have been wanting to go to my favorite spot all month, that is where I found that silver bracelet with the dragon fly and the three rings.
We sat there in the car waiting for the rain to...
White's Spectra V3i
The Spectra V3 has been a real joy to use. It can be used to match any hunting condition I have encountered so far. The preset programs provide impressive depth. These finds came from areas that have been pounded by other detectors, and yet the Spectra V3 found what the others had missed.
The Spectra V3 with the Live Control Bar capability makes adjusting on the fly so easy. It's like using an detector with knobs. Plus, it can be customized to suite the type of hunting conditions and/or the controls that one desires.
The Spectragraph and the Analysis Screens make it easy to find the good targets. I especially like to see which frequency responds better, and coupled wi...