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Metal Detector Treasure Finds, Pictures 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
CTX 3030 River Hammered
Decided the weather was just right for some shallow water hunting. I was travelling to one location, and changed my mind.... ending up on a river crossing that I had previously worked with a CZ20 and then an Excalibur& Excalibur II....
Minelab CTX-3030 Standard-with Wireless Headphones
Minelab CTX-3030 Standard-with Wireless Headphones
Minelab CTX-3030 Standard-with Wireless Headphones
Gold in the Surf
An unexpected change of work plans had me looking forward to taking a trip down to Miami Beach before the weekend and having a relaxing water hunt with the CTX 3030. That was until I saw the weather forecast warning of a tropical depression bringing torrential rain and rough surf to the coast of South Florida the morning I had planned to go water hunting. ...
Minelab CTX-3030 Standard-with Wireless Headphones
Minelab CTX-3030 Standard-with Wireless Headphones
Minelab CTX-3030 Standard-with Wireless Headphones
Byzantine Weight From Hippos, Israel
5-6 cent CE Byzantine official weight of 6 metric ounces, 150 grams, inlay of silver and copper, a cross above the Golgotha in between two columns and an arch, a gamma and a sigma. The piece is of bronze, while the knob on the reverse, the gamma, sigma and the silvery dots are of silver. The cross was in silver inlay as well but now it's lead! Someone concealed the cross with some lead paste leaving the rest exposed....
Minelab CTX-3030 Standard-with Wireless Headphones
Minelab CTX-3030 Standard-with Wireless Headphones
Minelab CTX-3030 Standard-with Wireless Headphones
Byzantine Church Excavation in Hippos, Israel
I found these two silver denarii of the emperor Commodus and Faustina Senior in the basilica of Hippos. These coins were found at the base of a large column at a depth of 12 inches. This was important because this area was "hunted out" during multiple years of detecting. In total, I found over 35 coins in the Basillica that other detectors had missed....
Minelab CTX-3030 Standard-with Wireless Headphones
Minelab CTX-3030 Standard-with Wireless Headphones
Minelab CTX-3030 Standard-with Wireless Headphones
I Won't Top This One!
I had been pounding one of my favourite spots for about a year before digging what will surely be my best find. I had pulled about 10 coppers out of one of side of the area but only venture to the other half a few times. Every time I went over there I found nothing but trash, not this time. I moved closer to a stone wall that I hadn't paid much attention to before. After about 30 minutes of digging trash, I got a solid coin hit. I cut the plug, flipped, and I saw the copper coin. At first glance I thought it was a British piece but one I had never seen before. I took a couple of photos, put the coin in my pouch and continued detecting....
Minelab CTX-3030 Standard-with Wireless Headphones
Minelab CTX-3030 Standard-with Wireless Headphones
Minelab CTX-3030 Standard-with Wireless Headphones
Saving History From a Pile of Trash
The CTX 3030 performs again... In a heavy trash zone of an old farm field in Southern New Jersey, an area I have avoided for years due to the incredible amount of aluminium can frags and iron junk, my screen was showing a wide array of junk targets numbers and one 12:30 with a solid signature One by one I pinpointed and eliminated the soda can frags and iron until only the 12:30 was left... 9 inches down this beautiful little silver 1/2 reales popped out......
Minelab CTX-3030 Standard-with Wireless Headphones
Minelab CTX-3030 Standard-with Wireless Headphones
Minelab CTX-3030 Standard-with Wireless Headphones
A Small Story About Little Coins
We (2 my friends and I) went to a small old village. We were looking for coins about 3 hours but we don't find coins. We go to other place. But we don't find coins to this place too. We go to last place. After we've taken our metal detectors the rain is starting. My friends went back to a car, because they don’t have not waterproof metal detectors. But I have a Minelab CTX 3030. And I go to the field....
Minelab CTX-3030 Standard-with Wireless Headphones
Minelab CTX-3030 Standard-with Wireless Headphones
Minelab CTX-3030 Standard-with Wireless Headphones
Golden Superb Holiday Ring
This is my greatest find ever....
Minelab CTX-3030 Standard-with Wireless Headphones
Minelab CTX-3030 Standard-with Wireless Headphones
Minelab CTX-3030 Standard-with Wireless Headphones
CTX Scores Huge Gold Nugget
A couple buddies and I have been using our Minelab detectors to relic hunt gold country Gold Camps and home sites. We recently started to video document our "CA Relic Adventures" while using our Minelab machines. I use the CTX 3030 and love the quicker response and it works great in the iron invested camps and home sites. Many of these sites have been considered "hunted out" but the CTX is opening them back up and we are unearthing some amazing relics and coins....
Minelab CTX-3030 Standard-with Wireless Headphones
Minelab CTX-3030 Standard-with Wireless Headphones
Minelab CTX-3030 Standard-with Wireless Headphones
Early Viking Age Grave
It all started the day after New Year's Eve, first of January 2014. Since it had been a late night I didn't head out detecting before dinner. So I had to put on my headlamp as it was pitch black outside....