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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 E-Trac
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Minelab E-Trac
In Shock

Walking through the woods last nite before dark and getting bit up nasty by mosquitos although I sprayed really well. I made it to the foundation that I found the 3 large cents and spanish silver in the same hole only to find that it was so overgrown I could not get near it. So I put the coil down next to some stone walls that were near the foundation but I have not gotten to yet. This area was pretty well grown up too but I had literally about a 10 by 10 area altogether to semi swing the coil. Right next to the stone wall I get a 12-38 hit about 3-4 inches deep. No clue what this might be I dug carefully and find an oddball size coin in t...

Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Love That E-TRAC!

Yesterday, May 21st,2011, I decided to go out detecting for a while. The place that I went was not too far from my house, where I found a 1853-o half dime last year. This place has a large pond that I was told ,use to be a swimming place years ago. I got a good signal that read 11-43 on my Minelab E-TRAC. It was reading about 6" deep. To my surprize I popped out a 1903-S Barber dime that was in extra Fine condition. I thought this was a key date, so when I got home I ask my wife to check the date again. She said that it was exactly what I thought. The new 2011 coin price shows that in ex. Fine condition it is worth $800.00. Boy this m...

Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
The First Target I Dug

I was hunting an old farm today and this was the FIRST target I dug, I can't believe I dug this in my area of Ohio. A Virginia half penny, it has a clear date of 1773....man I am pumped up!!! I scratched it, sadly because it had roots all over, but right now I am so happy I don't even care. Before this my oldest coin was a undated capped bust dime.

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Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
The First of its Kind

On Saturday April 4th I joined Barry Small and The Artifact Detecting Team (ADT) a Minelab Sponsored treasure hunting team. I as a Minelab dealer was asked to represent Minelab at these events. The ADT is the first of its kind in the U.S.A. The ADT is working in conjunction with the Southampton Historical Society. In the past no historical society has ever considered allowing a metal detectorist on a historical site. As you may know many nonprofit organizations are losing their government funding, so Barry thought it would be a good idea if detectorists would be allowed to hunt historical properties for a fee. That fee would in turn be don...

Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Smooth as...E-TRAC

After six months with the mighty E-TRAC and studying the MinelabTV information movies, emailing Mr Des Dunne and getting as much info together as possible I have now made my own patterns and modes for various sites around the UK. The best little bits of advice I can give as a novice user is to run your E-TRAC on Smooth with Manual sensitivity set at 20 to start with. Noise cancel set to 1 always and volume gain set to 14 and everything else on 30. I run Conduct multi but many run with Ferrous two tone. I tried Ferrous two tone on a site a few weeks ago and look what popped out of the ground!

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Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
What a Beauty!

The E-TRAC is my third Minelab machine. I thought my Explorer II could not be beaten but it was. I spent the weekend in North Wales on a site near to a 10th Century Church that was built on an even earlier site. Had a great day with spectacular scenery, peace and quiet, a cold can of Guinness but best of all I found four hammered coins and a Roman Bulla. Three of the coins were Elizabeth 1st and I've found several similar coins in the past. Then, just as I was finishing my Guinness came that lovely clear peep. About a foot down I found the coin that makes it all worthwhile. An Edward 6th Shilling... Fantastic.

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Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
A Hunt to Remember

Had a great road trip with my buddy Ray on Thursday. Started it by getting on the road around 6AM and did not get home until after midnight. In that time we got about 9 solid hours of hard detecting at 3 different spots. Besides the fun of hanging out with one of my favorite detecting partners, I managed to pull out quite a few goodies. Broke a personal one day record for Indian head cents and Barber dimes. Even managed to pull out my first V nickel of the season.

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Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Digging in Disbelief

My buddy Everett brought me to a foundation last year back in the woods and I found my first LC there a 1848 next to the well. At the time I was still using coins mode and the pro coil. He at that time already made about 5 trips to this site with another buddy of his and they both found a total of about 20 coins altogether and a whole slew of other colonial and 19th century artifacts. He thought the place was cleaned out. We went back one more time last year only to find nothing else. We kept saying this year that we have to go back sporting our 12x15 coils and now I'm running in TTF. My buddy uses a Sovereign.

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Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Three E-TRAC's = Five Large Cents

My nephew Paul invited me and his brother Bill to hunt a field site where an old house once stood. My wife Diane was trying out her new X-TERRA 705 and Bill’s young daughter Eloise was there observing. We had been hunting about an hour turning up some old spoons, square nails and typical farm relics when I got a very solid signal. Using my field shovel I turned over the target spot and pinpointed the target, it was a Large Cent, not just any Large Cent but one dated 1818! The condition on this coin was amazing, a beautiful green patina with a full liberty visible. The others gathered round to see my find and Bill’s young daught...

Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Three in One

Today I met up with diggerDan and off we went to do some door knocking, first house we stopped at we got permission and we were there all day!

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