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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!

V3i Finds 1789 GW Inaugural Button!

Hi my name's John and I am 15 years old. I have been metal detecting for about 2 1/2 years now and in May 2010 I upgraded to the Spectra V3i.

Now for the exciting story of the find of a lifetime. It was a regular weekend, clear sky about 65 degrees and a gut feeling I was going to find something. I located a small patch of woods near a house that George Washington stayed at during the Revolutionary War. The even more crazy part was that I had a dream the night before of me finding a GW button. The day started of slow, I only found a 1953 wheatie and a pouch full of trash. Then next to a big rock, I got a 51 -52 signal on my spectra V3i.

I pinpointed it a 4 inches, it was a promising sign. Then in the corner of the hole I saw something round. I first thought it was a large cent!! So I picked and tried to rub some dirt off, no luck. Then a saw a part of a shank, I knew it was a colonial button. I find these all over the woods behind my house so I disregarded it and put it in my pouch.

About 2 hours in to the hunt, I took a break and sat down. I pulled out the button, wondering if it had a design. Rubbed it on my left knee, I started to see a figure. I didn't know what it was. Then put in under a ray of sun and a saw an eagle with a shield!! I started screaming, "OH MY GOSH I JUST FOUND A GW BUTTON!!!!"

It was a find of a lifetime. I love my White's Spectra V3i

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