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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
Valuable OLD Copper
This is a 2 part story: Me and a buddy went up to Vermont from Massachusetts for a day of hunting. We had a VERY disappoint start to our day, we ended the day with a big Bang in a farm field. Within the first minute in the field he had found a 1720's King George. Within the next couple of hours we had numerous buttons, and many old coppers. I had a total of 4 old coppers, 2 King George's and the 2 which really stood out from the finds a 1787 FUGIO and a 1799 Large Cent in great condition. I had what I thought was a great day...little did I know......
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
A Record Year

I have been metal detecting since before the mid 80's. Throughout the years I tried a variety of machines, and they all have provided me with a good measure of success. I always enjoyed the hobby, even during those years when I had to drastically cut down on my detecting time. However, the last two years, 2009 and 2010, have been exceptionally fun and exciting.

Back in early 2009 a close friend loaned me her Explorer SE. I had successfully been using a Sovereign GT at the time, but the Explorer had been on my list of detectors to try, and I now had the opportunity to do so. I gave the Explorer SE a good workout f...

Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Never Let Me Down
I've had my Minelab E-TRAC for about 14 months now and it has brought me much success. Here is a picture of some of the silver coins I have found lately with my E-TRAC. Some of these coins were found at depths of 10"! While other detectors pass up deep targets, the E-TRAC never let's me down!...
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Would You Lend a Friend Your E-TRAC?

The other day I took some time off work and invested it in some serious detecting. My good friend Steve normally always accompanies me. Recently on one of our sites Steve asked if he could borrow the E-TRAC for a while, fine I thought... and then he found a gold Celtic quarter with it. Today he asked the same thing and found a beautiful mediaeval seal matrix... so I stopped him in his tracks and took possession back of the E-TRAC and within half an hour I had found a superb Celtic silver Unit. So we are pretty much even on the Celtic side of things... now all I have to do is find a superb seal matrix and then we are totally even... or has ...

Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
A New E-TRAC and a Week of Firsts
I just wanted to take a minute to say thank you for making such a great product. I've had my Minelab E-TRAC for about three weeks now and couldn't be more pleased! This past week I've been detecting in a small park near my house and have made more quality finds in one week with the E-TRAC than I did last year with my other detectors. I found three new "firsts" for me this week alone. The "firsts" include a no date buffalo nickel, a 1914-D and 1912 Barber dime, and a beautiful 1923 Standing Liberty quarter. The E-TRAC helped me sniff out a silver coin spill at 7" which include a worn Standing Liberty quarter, ...
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
X Factor, Luck, Fate or All Three

Yesterday I was searching a site in Cambridgeshire when I discovered a sword scabbard chape (pictured right) most likely dating to the 16th C. Remarkably it appears to have a small section of the sword still in situ, as this has corroded into two large granular iron oxide masses on each side. Now some 10 years ago a colleague found one of those strange 10-11th Century Anglo Scandinavian scabbard chapes that look, like contorted little dragons on this site as well. Since a chape had just been found the conversation was about all things sword related for a few minutes and then we got on with searching.

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Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
A Rare Find From the Civil War Era

Mar 13, 2011 - Sunday I had to drive my son back to Boston and stopped just outside of town at a green... and had a blast! :-) I recovered a nice 1899 Barber Dime, an 1864 and 1893 Indian Head Pennies, a large Token for a Daredevil Show… Two older lead toys…

Then along came a 12/31 6-7” signal… I figured it was probably an old pull tab, but you never know and I was digging anything that repeated that day… I cut a deep plug and in the side of the plug I saw some gilt… and popped out a set of cuff links… not just any cuff links… Federal Revenue Cutter buttons appear to be Civ...

Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
A Double V Nickel Day

I went to an old site today and this place is mega trashy, nails everywhere!!! I tried several different methods of hunting and TTF was the only option where I could get decent signals, and I crawled thru the iron slow as a snail! If you look at the dirty pic, look at all the nails, there were nails in almost every hole I dug, this place is brutal.

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Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
My First VA Hunt

Hi, my name is Steve Ciriaco. I'm a member of SIHH & SHPRG. My Club Events Coordinators: Carter Pennnington, Keith Debs and Mike Burns set up our first VA Hunt in Cold Harbor, VA. When we started, our guide was Randy. It was a two-day hunt and everyone was excited to see what they could find. After hunting all day, I turned up two Confederate bullets and one three ringer encased in a tree bark. One of the other members, Woody McKay called me over to a spot where he was finding three rigners in a Rifle Trench, so I joined him. Heading down to the end of the trench, I got a faint signal from my E-TRAC, which is the only metal detect...

Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Over The Moon
I was on a new field with our club, and with my E-TRAC that I have had for several months now, the field was a little quiet, and our members were saying on the radio that there was not a lot of finds, apart from buttons and a few Georgian coins. I was just about to go to lunch, when I had a "ping" the screen showed 11:15 and 12:15, so I knew I had a good target. I began to dig and oh my word, the machine and I had found a Charles 1st penny in very nice condition. My very first Charles I was and still over the moon, such a lovely coin, and even more respect and love for the E-TRAC....