Top 12 Metal Detectors

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 E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Glad I Went Back!

It was Tue March 13 and my detecting buddy Dr. Bob met me at 7:30 am for a day of detecting. We hunted an old country school yard first and I found one Barber dime. We then hunted an old country church and I found a 1932 quarter and an Indian Head penny.

Ended up at a local public park that I and many other have hunted many times. I found another Barber dime next to some trash and then another next to more trash. Hunted a couple of hours more with only a wheat penny so we decided to gas up and move to another park in a near by town.

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Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
17th Century Silver Bonanza!

Hi All, At the beginning of March I began searching a new site that has early structure, but shows no activity on the earliest maps I have access to, (1892). After a bit of scanning, I pulled a large silver coin with a cross visible on one side, but clearly not Spanish, Finally Identified as undated 400 Reis Cruzado, 1640-1654. No web info, found image in an old World Coin book.

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Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Surprised Beyond Belief

On March 2nd my metal detecting world changed forever! I'm currently in college to become a High School History teacher and got into the hobby because of my love for history. I live in East Central Indiana, not really a Civil War hot bed of activity if you know what I mean. However, we do have some relics here, as I found out!!

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Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
A Crazy Signal

I had the opportunity to revisit a colonial house, that was built in 1704(ish), I'm hunted a few times... I was on site about 5 hours and worked an area measuring 100X100... This property is 47 acres, but the targets were coming pretty steady in this small area...

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Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
A Happy Balance

I enjoy posting videos, reading forums and making new friends in the Detecting Hobby. Having said that, it upsets me when I see users of other metal detectors talking down on Minelab products and making fun of us for relying on numbers.

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Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Wow What a Find!

I have been detecting since '97. Started out with a cheap Quickdraw II and immediately became hooked. It wasn't long before I realized I needed something a little better. My first Minelab was an Explorer XS. Through the years I've upgraded several times and currently use an E-TRAC. Hands down the best machine I've ever used. I hunt with a buddy that uses a Whites and he just can't get the depth that I get.

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Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
First Real Outing

Was detecting a old cellar site I presumed to be 1800s. Got a decent 12-41 on the E-TRAC at 6 inches or so. Dug down found a nail rescanned still a target and out pops another nail and this coin!!!!! Definetly dated the site alot older than I thought. Also found this 1700s buckle the same day. The coin is a 1785 colonial connecticut copper one cent coin!!! and did I mention this was the first real outing with the E-TRAC for me.

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Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
I Love this E-TRAC!

I've been detecting now just over three months, and I'm amazed at how awesome this machine is. I live in Philadelphia and love the history here. A few blocks away from me is one of the oldest parks in the city, and is open to MDers. In two months I've found 14 Mercury Dimes (oldest: 1916-S), 1 Barber Dime (1906), 3 Buffalo Nickels, 5 Silver Quarters, 2 Rosie Dimes, 5 Indian Head Pennies, 107 Quarters, 167 Dimes, 370 Pennies, 83 Wheat Pennies, and my greatest find, and oldest, is a King George III Rex half penny!

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Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Found a Pine Tree Shilling!!

l got word from a local 'old timer' that a certain area of a cove on my local tidal creek was used as as swimming & picnic area when he was a child, Got permission from the property owner to scan the saltmarsh areas above the waterline. So, around lowtide I stated searching in the shallow water.

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Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Listen to your Hunting Buddy

My hunting buddy Steve has a spot he'd been working over with good results for relics in the past and we'd also worked it over many times as a team on top of that. We'd moved on to some other areas but Steve said he had a feeling we should go back over it again. Well, it pays to listen to your hunting bud so off we went Steve, my wife and I.

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