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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 CTX-3030 Standard-with Wireless Headphones
Minelab CTX-3030 Standard-with Wireless Headphones
Minelab CTX-3030 Standard-with Wireless Headphones
CTX 3030 First in the Field

Wow I am loving the CTX 3030 experience! A new field opened up for us this past week and I was anxious to give the CTX 3030 it’s baptism in field hunting. The first hunt was with my wife Diane and we were finding a lot of neat relics and enjoying that but the first old coin was eluding us. About two hours into the hunt that all changed. I got a decent 12-23 signal and I was thinking as I dug the target it was probably a flat button but to my surprise in the dirt I saw a coin. First thought with those numbers maybe a fatty Indian but when I cleaned a bit of the dirt off I could see the Flying Eagle! That was a first for me.

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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
One Ring Lead to Another

My wife works with a lady who's brother (Harry) has a friend that lost a gold ring in a pond in a local neighborhood some 40 years ago skipping stones. We were called to give it a shot. The trashy pond has since "dried" up, well kind of, there isn't any standing water but, with every scoop we took the hole filled up with muddy water. After about 2 hours of hunting and sloshing around we decided to wait until the area either dried out some more or maybe when it freezes this winter.

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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
A Seated in the Gloaming

I have used the E-TRAC for 3 years and have been very pleased with it and my results, I recently decided to go to the CTX 3030 and I can say I am pleased immensely. I can vouch that the CTX 3030 is just not a waterproof E-TRAC but a wonderful machine based on a whole new platform.

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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
Missing WW2 Bomber

I have been an aviation archaeologist specialising in WW2 aircraft for over 30 years now. Whilst researching for a book 10 years ago I came across an incident that took place over Shepreth in Cambridgeshire. This involved the crash of a B17 Flying Fortress Mk1 one of 20 sent over from the USA as part of Lend Lease Agreement. This plane broke up one chilly January morning in 1942 and I was never really able to pin point where. Recently a detecting colleague mentioned that he had heard of a B17 crash about 1.5 miles away from Shepreth but again no real idea of where.

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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
Broken Mirrors are Not Always Bad Luck

Over the last few years my friend Steve has found several fragments of a Roman mirror. Firstly his Safari found the initial pieces and then he borrowed my CTX 3030 a few times that found some more. This year the field was ploughed deeply first time ever and the spot where the mirror pieces came from revealed a small very smashed up Roman cremation burial.

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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
23 Gram Gold Ingot Viking or Bronze Age

I started out on a normal days detecting, or so I thought!! First good signal turned out to be a very worn Elizabeth hammered penny but they all count and I was up and running. I headed up the field finding a worn rose farthing on the way amongst lots of other bits and bobs! Soon it was time to head roughly towards camp for a bite to eat so I checked Google Earth and spotted a couple of features in the next door field I wanted to check out and started off.

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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 in the Sand

My new CXT 3030 turned up and I could not wait to get it set up and get down to the beach. Well off I went, the tide was on its way out so I started to detect just above the water mark. I had it in the factory setting until I got used to it. I pulled up a few modern coin up within a few mins then about half an hour in I dug down about 6-7 inches and pulled out a nice 18ct gold ring.

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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
Silver was Jumping Out of the Ground

Recently I was given the heads up from the parks department, about a sports field which was to be renovated. I invited 4 other detectorists to come and enjoy the party. The city had removed 3" of sod and soil prior to tilling sand into it to improve drainage. As a group we recovered 102 pieces of silver while the site was open to us. My take from the field with the CTX 3030 was 50 pieces. Thanks Minelab for making a superior machine. I am having a blast.

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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
Saxon Coin

Went to an old site of mine where you pick up a few roman coins never been on it with the CTX 3030 so I thought I would give it a try. After finding 4 roman coins my next signal was a nice low sound thought it was a roman again but when I dug down there it was a nice silver Saxon coin. You can't beat the CTX 3030.

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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
Lovely Condition Henry 6th Half Groat

Picked this lovely condition hammered half groat from a very iron contaminated site, which has been blitzed by every conceivable top end machine on the market today. Utilizing Gordin Heritage's Tadpole 2 program and using the standard stock coil the target trace told me iron was present but also a non ferrous conductor. CTX 3030 is hard to beat!

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