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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
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....
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Never Give Up
This last weekend I thought I would venture out as the weather was fine and sunny for a change on the Saturday 12/02/2011. Not for one minute I thought I would be coming across anything really of interest as I had been over the field before on a couple of occasions with no luck at all, just the odd cartridge cases, scrap lead foil and pieces of iron. After an hour or so my arm was starting to ache as the field was still in stubble and not so easy to detect on, but using the 8 x 6 SEF made it that little bit easier....
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
It could Happen To You

I have been metal detecting for about five years and have read about caches of coins being found but never thought I would find a cache of my very own. But that is exactly what happened to me.

I decided to take a half day off of work to get out and do some much needed detecting with my E-TRAC. I planned on heading to an empty lot that had been scraped and produced a few nice finds for some other local detectorists including a nice 1864 Indian head penny. This is pretty old for California, especially considering the town in which it was found was not incorporated until 1885.

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Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Pounded Park Produces Finds
After getting into the hobby a few years back and reading all the great success stories Minelab owners had I took the plunge and finally got my own. I chose the E-TRAC and it's produced for me, my silver coin finds picked up dramatically and the most recent find was a 1903 Barber Half Dollar out of a park that has been pounded by several different detectorist over the years and some even saying they thought it was hunted out. Thank you Minelab, I am one happy customer....
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Dreams Do Come True
I've been an avid treasure hunter for some years now. I've had average success but nothing to brag about. When discussions arise, as they often do, about great machines Minelab is always on the tip of everyone's tongue. I finally purchased an E-TRAC and was not prepared for the type of success it would bring. The types of finds you always dream about have finally become a reality....
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Minelab E-Trac
Love This E-TRAC
Two gold rings in one day! Let me just start like this... I purchased an E-TRAC about two weeks ago and pulled my hair out the first day! I did not understand the machine at all! I have owned Whites machines my entire three years detecting. I did not like the E-TRAC so I put it in the closet for a few days and kept on detecting with my prizm and mxt. I then read on a thread post when learning a Minelab machine you need to lock your other detectors in a closet and forget about them for six months! So I got the E-TRAC back out and started watching YouTube videos and learning!...