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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 GPX 5000
Minelab GPX 5000
Minelab GPX 5000
Another Rare Civil War, Confederate Uniform Button

I have been very fortunate in finding some elusive Confederate Military Uniform buttons since I started detecting in NC, and this one is no exception to rarity dug with the amazing GPX 5000, around 13 plus inches deep in heavy red clay! Forget about all the shiny gilt that dressed this button at one time, sadly it's long gone now. It has succumbed to the elements. Hard to see from the photos, but it is indeed listed as 13mm {Albert's SU 272} The design Features a "Don't mess with me" Hornets nest Cool with "NC" on sides on a lined field, and "MILITARY INSTITUTE" around the edge. Some Cadets mann...

Minelab GPX 5000
Minelab GPX 5000
Minelab GPX 5000
8 Ouncer at Nearly 3 Feet Deep

Hi Folks, Just writing to thank you for the Greatest Detector you've so far produced... I refer of course, to the GPX 5000. Having been successful with the following Detectors SD 2000 / SD 2200 / GP 3000 and GPX-4000, I am suitably impressed with the next generation GPX 5000 which runs as smooth as silk and additionally, I have no further need to use a "signal enhancer" which I've needed in the past because of my deafness.

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Minelab GPX 5000
Minelab GPX 5000
Minelab GPX 5000
Where the MIners Have Been

Yesterday was my second day out with my new GPX 5000. I went to an area just north of Yuma AZ. An area where there was a lot of drywasher holes, and some evidence of metal detecting. I believe in the old adage, "go where the miners have been". Several of the hillsides at this site had been raked. That told me someone had probably found gold there.

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Minelab GPX 5000
Minelab GPX 5000
Minelab GPX 5000
A Whole New Level

While on the Corfe Castle 2010 Minelab Owners rally Gordon Heritage (Ironhearted Gog) and I decided to try the GPX 5000 on the top of the hill. This pasture land is highly mineralised and has been detected for a good ten years, so is a perfect place to test the new machines.

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Minelab GPX 5000
Minelab GPX 5000
Minelab GPX 5000
12 Ounces in Less Than 10 Hours

Went detecting with a Minelab GPX 5000, within the first hour we found a 124 gram piece of gold and quartz. Next week went out again and found a 140 gram piece of gold. All told in about nine and a half hours we found 12 ounces of gold.

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Minelab GPX 5000
Minelab GPX 5000
Minelab GPX 5000
GPX 5000 Beats VERY HOT Ground

Pic of a 0.13 gram nugget detected with the GPX 5000 in very hot ground with 11” Commander Mono, approx 2.5” down using fine gold timings in patch mode.

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Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Found a 1918 Walking Liberty Half

My sister gave me permission to hunt her yard here in the Pittsburgh, PA area USA. Her house was built in the 1930s, I think. Found a bunch of clad a few wheat pennies and this 1918 Walking Liberty Half dollar. Terribly worn, but I don't care, it is my first silver half dollar. The second picture is of a Turkish 2 Piastre coin also found in Pennsylvania, found in the yard of my grandparents house. I have no idea how a Turkish coin made its way to PA.

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Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
1966 High School Class Ring Found and Returned to Owner

A few months ago I and a detecting friend were using our E-TRACs at an old school playground about 120 miles from home when I got this interesting and strong signal. The thought came to me, "10,000 pull tabs for each gold ring" and when I got to it, BINGO, this long lost class ring popped out! After nearly three months of research and many contacts, I was finally successful in returning the 1966 class ring to its rightful owner. Priceless!!!

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Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Take a Bite Out of Detecting

Out detecting an old picnic grove from the early 1900 in northern New Jersey when my E-TRAC shows a 12-12.

So I dug a plug about 8' down and see a piece of gold foil, after pulling it out of the hole I turned it over and saw the teeth marks. I found someone's gold dental caps. Passed over the hole again and pulled out an old beer bottle cap. Guess he used his teeth to open the beer.

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Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac

As I move towards my third year of E-TRAC owner ship, it continues to amaze me what it recovers in worked out areas.

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