Metal detecting is a wonderful hobby. It makes you go outdoors and commune with nature. More importantly, it also makes you hunt around for some of the best-buried treasures. You might not have found some of these treasures without using a metal detector in the first place.
However, you are just as likely to find some junk along the way. You might find more soda pop tabs and iron nails or arrowheads, then you know what to do. For the sake of inspiration, here is a closer look at some of the best finds people have made with metal detectors over the years.
The Mojave Nugget
People who live out in the desert areas of the West spend a lot of time with metal detectors, and some of them come up with some real gems. One of the most popular large-ticket items for them to find is gold. One such gold find is the Mojave Nugget. This 4.9 kg piece of gold was found by Ty Paulsen in 1977. It soon joined the Margie and Robert E. Peterson collection of gold nuggets, which were passed on to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
Man Finds Necklace Worth at Least $2M
When going out on a metal detecting excursion, you might hope to find some jewelry to share with those people you love dearly. My father often did so to bring my mother pieces we could not otherwise afford. However, one man struck out big time in Scotland when he located a set of necklaces worth more than $2 million. He found golden necklaces from the Iron Age in a field nearly Stirling. Scottish laws soon labeled these pieces as part of their National Museum’s treasure troves, and they went to the Scottish Archaeological Finds Allocation Panel for further investigation.
13-Year-Old Finds a Two-Pound Meteorite
Gold and jewels are not the only things you can find with a metal detector. In some cases, you can find other-worldly items, too. Such is the case of one 13-year-old boy who found a two-pound meteorite in New Mexico. Jansen Lyons came across the item in July 2012 near Rio Rancho outside of Albuquerque. The Institute of Meteoritics at the University of New Mexico classified this space rock as an L6 Ordinary Chondrite that dates back to 10,000 years ago.
Guy Makes £1M on a Metal Detector Find
Paul Coleman comes from a humble background and barely had the money to pay for gas in his car to travel about for metal detecting one day. However, he counts himself lucky for finding the money and time to do so. Within a few hours, he found almost 5,000 Anglo-Saxon coins – in short, he made one of the greatest archeological finds in all of Great Britain. Some speculations believe these coins come from the Battle of Hastings and were buried to protect the trove from Norman invaders. Even though Coleman ran his bank account in the red before this find, he finds himself sitting pretty in the months afterward.
Edward Rowe Snow Finds a Pirate Treasure
Some people look strictly for historical items when treasure hunting with a metal detector. However, other people end up looking for treasures according to a map and with their metal detector on standby. Out on the island of Roatan, Pirate Edward Low is known for hiding treasure on this island, and many people exhausted resources trying to find the treasure. A Massachusetts historian named Edward Rowe Snow found the treasure in 1947.
The Boot of Cortez
The Boot of Cortez is one of the largest gold nugget ever found. It was found in 1989 near Senora, Mexico, or about 70 miles south of the border from Arizona. Metal detectors in the 1980s were rather simple, so finding one of these pieces back then was a rare chance. The proctor found other items, like bullets, beforehand on his excursion, but he soon found the Boot of Cortez. Today, this piece is known as one of the largest gold nuggets found in the Western Hemisphere. In January 2008, it was sold via auction for over one million dollars.
Man Finds a Chalice
Finding golden nuggets is nice and all. However, finding some tableware – or even a chalice – makes for a much better of a find. Mike DeMar found a 400-year-old Spanish galleon buried 18 feet below the surface, buried in deep sand, only two weeks after beginning his metal detecting hobby. Specifically named the Santa Margarita, this ship is one of the many lost at sea for numerous reasons. A Spanish chalice, also known as a bernegal, was the largest find in the wreckage. This artifact alone is worth nearly $1 Million.
Emerald Treasure Ring Found in the Water
For those of you men who want to find something nice for your lady friends, you need to consider metal detecting after reading about this find. Gary Drayton talks about this find in his book Metal Detecting for Spanish Treasure. He found this large, emerald ring one day when looking in the area of some wrecked Spanish ships. The ring consists of ten, large emerald stones and could have been worn by a wealthy merchant. On the other hand, a gentleman on board could have fancied this ring a token for his beloved.
You never know what you might find with a metal detector. Finding the right gem out there can impress friends and loved ones with ease. On the other hand, you might be able to make a lot more money than you realized. In cases such as these, a metal detector will earn its keep and then some just by finding some large pieces of jewelry.
On the other hand, you might want to press your luck and your bank account and go out into the wild and find buried treasure. Literally, historical pieces buried for the sake of safekeeping. Items that have been long forgotten. You never know what you might find, so go out there and start treasure hunting with your metal detector in hand.
Disclaimer: None of the images is illustrating the real find because of copyrights.