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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
Saxon Gold

This dig started when Dan kindly invited me (Dean) and Scott for a day out detecting on one of his farms. Like any day out detecting we didn't know what was going to unfold. We arrived at the farm about 8.am, made a quick brew and got kitted up for the day. Weather forecast was overcast but dry.

Dan uses the CTX 3030 and his settings for the day was (open screen, manual sensitivity up to 29, response smooth and 50 conductive tone). Me and Scott both use the Deus, my setting was program 1 and 2 tone and Scott was on Deus fast. We followed Dan through the farm and on to a ploughed field.

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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
It Was A Cold Wind From The North

A cold wind was blowing from the north as I entered the sea at 6:45 am. The sun was just peeping above the horizon. The usual morning joggers and a few worse for wear young things still coming out of the night clubs disturbed the tranquillity of the fresh air.

I stepped into the sea and shivered as I was wearing a shortie wet suit. I made my familiar start off down the shore line up to my waist in water. The CTX 3030 chirping every now and again.

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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 Silver Dollars

I was hunting a peach orchard at an old house place this past weekend with my CTX 3030 when I had the best coin hunting find of my life, so far.

The grass was about knee deep in the 70+ acre pasture and the nails and other iron pieces in the ground were causing quite a few nulls when I got that nice high pitch. I cut a huge plug to the full depth of my shovel and when I lifted it out and dropped it on the ground two silver dollars fell off the bottom of the plug.

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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
Another One Off the Wish List

Today I set out to try and find a new permission, but unfortunately... or fortunately as it turned out, every farm I called at was deserted.

So I decided to try my luck at one of my old permissions that has produced several nice finds in the past, but I rarely visit now as I grid searched it with the E-TRAC till there where almost no signals left.

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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
Struck Gold on First Time Out with CTX 3030

Received my brand new CTX 3030 on Tuesday and had a 1 day detecting rally booked for Sunday, I had been detecting for about an hour with no finds only a few bits of junk when I suddenly had a really clear loud signal.

I stuck my spade in the ground and flipped the dirt over and there was this stunning gold stater just staring back at me. I couldn't believe it, this was the first time i had used the CTX 3030 and I had found a iron age gold coin dating to around 50 B.C.!

This is a fantastic machine, and I can't wait to get out and use it again. Thank you Minelab!

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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 Scores Old Pocket Watch

I wanted to share this amazing discovery with you that I made recently here in Arizona.

While hunting an old homestead with the CTX 3030 and 6" DD coil, I unearthed this beautiful antique pocket watch. This was a great find, especially since the area has been detected many time before by other brands of machines.

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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 Better Than the Awesome E-TRAC

I'm loving my Minelab CTX 3030... I used an E-TRAC for nearly 4 years and didn't think that a better land machine could ever be produced. My thought has changed since I started using the new CTX 3030 nearly a month ago.

One day at a site, I found 5 old Colonial coppers including a gorgeous 1723 Woods Hybernia half penny and an incredible 1730 King George II copper.

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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 Gets My First Confederate Button

I have always been a Minelab fan, starting with my first detector, a Musketeer, and continuing through my last detector, the Safari. I am a casual relic hunter based in Gettysburg, PA and digging in PA, MD and VA on private property and always with complete permission. With our favorite spots getting hunted out I finally took the plunge and bought a CTX 3030. All I can say is the CTX 3030 is a relic finding monster!

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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
Always Check Your Trash

While detecting my favorite field in Southern NJ I happened into an area that was saturated with small bits of tin and aluminum. After an hour or so of sticking these little annoyances in my trash pouch, I made my way home.

At my office I started to discard this trash into my trash bin. One of the last pieces to come out of my pouch was a bit heavier but I still pinched it between my fingers and flicked it across the room towards the trash can... I MISSED.

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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
1893 Silver

Went out before the sunrise to hit a town nearby with a good friend. We went to hit the old courthouse and it was a bust . It was built in the 1860's but must have been pounded over the years plus a TON on iron.

Well we saw another community building that was old. I looked it up on my phone and turns out it was 1800's also and sure enough, city owned. So off we went detecting.

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