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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
Rewriting History

was working the mud flats along the Gorge waterway here in Victoria BC with my CTX 3030. The first hit was a 1891 fishscale nickle, so called because of their small size, and then a faceless silver dime. My next keeper was a 1917 large cent. The final keeper as the tide was coming in was a 1551-1553 Shilling. If this coin was dropped by one of Drake's crew it could ad credence to the theory that Drake did indeed visit Vancouver Island between 1577 and 1580.

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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
Early Gold Rush Coins and Relics

Had a once in a lifetime hunt in the Victorian Goldfields with the CTX 3030 finding a dozen silver coins. Given how hot the ground is the CTX 3030 is the only machine that I would rely on to get these great targets. Also have these finds logged as find points for future hunts.

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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
Gold Noble, Groats, Pennies and a Denarius!

I was lucky enough to be invited to detect a site that had produced a scattered hoard several years ago by a good friend as it had just been ploughed. we set out with gusto in the area but after two hours had nothing, trying a dark area of soil a sweet low signal revealed a broken Roman silver Denarius! Not what we were looking for but only my second and very welcome.

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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
Australian Internment Camp Tokens

A few months back I purchased a CTX 3030 as a back up to my GPX 5000 for when I come across old areas that appear to have had much past activity.

Initially I struggled with usage the CTX 3030, and this is a person who started in the 1980's with a Garrett and feel very comfortable with detectors in general and the use there of...
However I battled on with the CTX 3030 and decided to take a lesson in the operations of the detector offered by Andrew Gladdis at Coiltek in Maryborough Victoria.

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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
International Relations Ring Return

I went to Florida for a few months for some decent vacation. Another beautiful day as I arrived at the beach about noon. A lifeguard I know came over to say hello. He says someone lost the wedding ring a few minutes ago at station 12. I said I would go look. When I got there, there was another guy with an Excalibur already hunting in the water. I talked to the other lifeguard and she pointed out the person that lost their ring. He was from Argentina on vacation with wife and child.

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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
Rainy Night Hunt @ The Beach = My Best Find Yet!

It was a Rainy Tuesday Night, and I had just returned home from work. I had plans to go get a short hunt in that evening, even though it was raining. The swell chart said there was some larger than normal choppy waves, so I put on the rain gear and headed down.

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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
Happy Celebrations for Two Couples

On Monday, the 25th, I received two calls within an hour requesting help to find two lost gold rings

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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
Winter 2013 Finds

I decided to take stock of my winter finds recently. I only beach hunt and these are my finds. It took a whole morning of sorting and counting. With a little bribery I even got my kids and fiancé to help sort and line up the coins. The pictures represent finds from March 2013 to end of Oct 2013.The ingots are what happens to the sinkers I find. The kids love playing with them thinking they are real silver bars. The pot in the picture was dug out of the sand on an old beach at a depth of about 500cm; it came complete with lid and a spoon!

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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
Coin Shooting Record Broken

I decided to take a walk up the beach away from the sanded areas to an area that always produced older coins. This was not my goal of the day but seeing I was there I had to make the best of it.

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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
Fun in the Sun - Summer 2013

I am not prepared to tell the full story at this time as the story is still on going and if I left out details to protect the identity of this camp I feel it would be a injustice to history. So I'll just speak about technique, finds and equipment.

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