30 amazing metal detector finds
There are many ways in which people try to get rich quick. While some take to the so-called pyramid schemes and others to the wildly unforgiving slot machines, some decide to take to metal detecting. And here, some people have made some of the most stupendous finds imaginable. Here, we catalog 30 of the most astounding.
Ring in dog’s stomach
Sometimes you wake up with an important item misplaced. Sometimes that item is a wedding ring. Now, exactly how you might lose such a valuable item is definitely a perplexity, but it does sometimes happen. And, fortunately for this young woman, she had a metal detector with which she could retrace her steps. And retrace she did.
After scouring her house looking for the lost ring, she started to hear a beep. And where exactly did this beep lead? Well, to her dog, of course! The jealous beast had clearly grown enamored by the shiny glow of her diamond-y friend. And the only recourse once besotted with something shiny is, of course, to eat it.
An old syringe
Metal detectors often help you find things that aren’t exactly new. In fact, these things are usually extremely old. This is most often why they’re found in the first place — somebody loses something, forgets about it, and the thing is consumed by time and dirt. Eventually, somebody might come along with the right tool for the job — cough, cough, metal detector.
Here, we have exactly that. One man, while looking around for treasure, heard that tantalizing beep. As he followed the sound and dug around, he eventually uncovered this ancient syringe. The needle-y object was used by vets to inject cute animals with the necessary medicines. We’re not sure how it got lost, but we are sure that it’s an interesting find.
There used to be a day when milk was delivered to your house. Now, however, in the age of Amazon, such trivialities have long since passed. This doesn’t mean, however, that the vestiges of these past traditions don’t still live on. And here, we see how they lived on in the tokens that used to be used to make that milk’s purchase.
Here, then, we have someone who found one of these old tokens that clearly some derelict milkman neglected to pick up. Hopefully he still left the people with some milk. If not, it’s very easy to imagine how some scandal might have ensued. Either way, the token is cool. It probably won’t get lost again — we hope …
Sometimes we use staples to help us keep organized. In this case, somebody used the bent aluminum to staple money to some plastic. One fortunate consequence of this odd act was that this metal detector-wielding man was able to find the buried money with ease. It doesn’t take much for these detectors to get going.
Amazingly, the man found something like $80. That’s almost enough to buy another metal detector! And all the man needed to double his metal-detecting capital was a metal detector, some diligence, and a little bit of searching. And from these few starting points, the man was able to find some cash that would help him with whatever else he might want.
Not many people are aware, but dentures are not always made without metal. In fact, there have been numerous pairs that were a majority metal. And, as you likely could have guessed, these metal-filled teeth replacements can be quite easy to find with a handy-dandy metal detector. While they’re likely not the gold you’re looking for, they certainly are something.
Here, a man looking for easy gold found something just slightly more pink and white. The teeth, which have presumably been used carelessly by some sort of toothless buffoon, were an interesting reward for somebody looking so assiduously for buried wealth. The situation would only have been made more serendipitous had the man needed new dentures himself!
Discarded and enchained bones
Sometimes when you’re using your metal detector, you fall victim to certain finds that you’d rather have left undiscovered. These finds — sometimes grim — show darker bits of the world. And, as we have all learned from personal experience, these things are jarring, unsettling, and some might even say a bit unworthy of the time spent searching.
Unfortunately, when you’re using these metal detectors, you don’t get to choose what it is that you find. And, in this case, the thing found was a chain and shackle. This wasn’t just any chain and shackle, however — this one came complete with the bone to which it was attached. Now, I’m sure you’re with us in thinking this might have been better left undiscovered.
I would venture a guess and say that most metal-detecting people, when sifting through the sands or dirt at their local park, are looking for old coins or other breeds of ancient cash. They are not, to be sure, looking for ancient versions of weaponry that might still in some unconscionable sense be active. However, beggars can’t be choosers.
Here, we have a man detecting near an old river. And what sort of once-dangerous artillery did he find? Well, he found an old Civil War-era shell that was once used to sink ships. While this isn’t cash (and certainly not active), it is still a cool find. Had it been active, we’d probably all be singing a different tune.
We’re not sure what it is about buried objects and wartime memorabilia, but there seems to be a whole lot of it. And here, we have another instance of just that. This man, while scouring the local terrain for trinkets and accoutrements, found something a little more bizarre than just some coins or dentures.
The man had found an old wartime canteen. This canteen, presumably used by some U.K. soldier during WWII, was well embattled with the wear and tear of over a half-century of being buried beneath the surface of the Earth. Still, however, even given its derelict condition, the find was cool and collectible. And so, this man is proud to have found this little bit of history.
Nintendo game cartridge
Sometimes, as mentioned earlier, you don’t always find something ancient — you find something modern and still (at least somewhat) relevant. And here, we have exactly that. This intrepid metal-detecting fellow found a long-ago discarded Nintendo Game Boy cartridge. Unfortunately, the man who found the thing never revealed which game he found!
Knowing which game the cartridge holds is extremely relevant information. It could, for instance, be one of those secret games that is worth millions of dollars. While unlikely, the possibility is there. And it’s something that people like us would want to know. So, come on already, and tell us which game you found!
Sometimes, as an explorer with a metal detector, you are subject to a once-in-a-lifetime finding. And here, that is exactly what we have. This person, having searched the depths of the sea with his metal detector, found a golden chalice. Now this is something you would definitely like to find.
The chalice was so heavy with gold that it was valued at upward of a million dollars. This is quite the find! Some might say that it is in fact the dream find. Anyway, the chalice was an item being carried across the sea on a ship. Unfortunately for that ship and crew, the sea swallowed the thing whole. That unfortunate loss, however, was good for the diver who found this thing. At least someone came out on top.
A finger and ring
We’ve already talked about a few disturbing finds here on this list. These things include discarded shackles and bones and an artillery shell. However, the list of unsettling finds does not end there. Here, we have another potentially heart-pounding find — a finger bone complete with ring. Yikes!
While we could infer all sorts of things from this find (the husband turned out to be unhappy with his wife, his wife refused to give back the ring, etc.), it’s difficult to know for sure. However, what we do know is that somehow this woman became separated from one of her most important appendages. It’s odd that she wasn’t able to retrieve it.
Iron Age necklaces
Ah, now here we get to the finds that we would all love to have as prospective metal detectorists. This person, while searching and sifting through the ocean sands, uncovered something shiny after a couple of beeps with his metal detector. And, after a little bit of digging, he uncovered what should make the history enthusiast balk with wonder and awe.
What the man found was a set of golden necklaces from the Iron Age. Beautiful! What a find, indeed. The necklaces are valued at something like $2 million. That’s about $2 million more than I have, so I’d say that’s quite the find. Anyway, the tremendous discovery just goes to show what you can do with a little metal-detecting magic.
Weaponry is something often rediscovered years (and years and years) after having been discarded in the battlefield. And that is what we have here. This man, having scoured the ground looking for treasures, heard a few beeps that guided him in the right direction. And this direction was toward a pretty interesting find.
The man ended up finding an ancient axe head. While the thing had become separated from its shaft, it was still cool to contemplate the history behind it. The axe head was of the Bronze Age, meaning it was from a time before iron would take the world by storm. They say the axe is around 1,000 years old. That’s older than any of us!
Sometimes the things you uncover from the ground are not things that were placed or forgotten there by humans. In this instance, we have one such thing. While digging through the sands, this 13-year-old boy found a 2-pound meteorite. Now, if I were this little boy, I would definitely freak. However, I likely wouldn’t know that I found a meteor.
With that knowledge, however, being the space geeks we are, I would be quite excited. The slab of extraterrestrial matter was estimated to be around 10,000 years old. If we look at the human timeline, this would place the rock at about the beginning of the Neolithic Revolution — the point at which humans finally began to turn toward an agricultural lifestyle.
The desert sometimes yields something far better than a mirage amid deep dehydration. This is especially true when you have a metal detector in hand. And in this case, we have one man exploring the desert sands with a little more than eccentric fervor. His zeal drove him to one of the most interesting finds you could imagine.
And what, exactly, did this man find? Well, he found himself an oddly shaped and idiosyncratic piece of gold. The odd trinket was shaped so bizarrely that it compelled the man to name the thing the “Boot of Cortez.” While the thing was absolutely no boot (how impractical would that be?), it was a cool and expensive find. Way to go!
A lost class ring
Sometimes you lose something only to have it found again. However, once it’s found, it’s not always by you. That’s what happened here. Somebody, having lost their class ring, had it found again by an intrepid metal detectorist. This time, though, the ring had accumulated more value after having been lost to the dirt.
The value, however, was returned back to the owner, who had lost the ring 50 years earlier. And for that, he is most avowedly thankful. We tip our hats to the most noble of men. We would hope that others could only continue his kindness. Another thing we hope for is that our finds are just a bit older than this. That way, we really don’t have to return them.
The ultimate thing to be hoped for as you’re sifting through the sands or dirt is buried treasure. However, we all also suspect that this is probably the thing we are the least likely to find. Still, however, we go forward with bright and bristling expectations. Sometimes, if we’re lucky enough, these expectations will be fulfilled.
Here, we see just how tremendously they can be fulfilled. This person, having looked around a large estate for his friend’s lost hammer, found something much more fortuitous. And what, exactly, was it that this man found? Well, he found a whole lot of buried treasure. This was enough treasure, for instance, to help buy the man a nice new house. If only we were so lucky …
The Ringlemere Cup
Sometimes we wonder how certain items get lost. You would expect that if the thing was of great value, the owners would have been much more careful with where the item was placed. This doesn’t, however, always appear to be the case. So this man, while sifting through some nearby dirt and grime, found himself something quite valuable.
And what did this man find? He found himself a golden cup from around 1500 B.C. That’s pretty old! But more than that, the value of the thing had multiplied tremendously given its ancient character. Now, the cup holds an estimated worth of over $500,000. That’s definitely a lot of moola! And for that, we suggest you keep on searching.
The Crosby Garrett Helmet
War memorabilia can be one of the coolest things to find as a treasure collector. And sometimes these war trinkets are found when they are so old that they become all the cooler. In a British field, somebody was lucky enough to find an ancient mask presumably used by someone in the Colosseum.
OK, maybe not. However, the mask was dated to be around 1,800 years old. That’s pretty old. Because of this stupendous age, the thing was considered quite valuable by collectors and other prospectors. If you’re scouring the Earth for trinkets and treasures, then, this is likely the find you’re trying to make.
A bronze fibula
If you’re anything like us, you may have first asked yourself: “what is a fibula exactly?” Well, to answer that question, a fibula is a bone in the body (think back to your high school anatomy courses). However, in this case a fibula is something very different.
Fibulas are also a way in which people used to (and some still do, in fact) bind together different parts of a garment. Here, for instance, we have bronze Roman fibula — also called a brooch — that was resurrected from the dirt. What a find!
When you watch movies like Pirates of the Caribbean, you look at the treasure chests they have and imagine them as things of the past. However, as we’re sure you’ve learned by now, things of the past don’t always stay hidden — especially when you have a metal detector. And here, we have an extraordinarily fortuitous find.
While scouring the shores of a nearby beach, a man started to hear a beep. After following the signal and closing in on a possible location, the man began to dig. And, lo and behold, he hit something hard. After resurrecting the chest from the ground, he found what arguably every metal detector enthusiast on the planet is looking for: pirate treasure.
An old Model T
Many of us spend some time looking for a new car. However, most of our searches are confined to the reach of a Google search into feasible and affordable options. Most of us don’t take to the metal detector. But, as one man learned while scouring the grounds near his home, this might actually be a good option.
After a sufficient amount of searching, the man found that buried beneath a lot of dirt by his house was an entire 1913 Ford Model T. The car, while certainly no longer functional and largely deteriorated, was a cool find. This now-collector’s item could definitely fetch the man a handsome sum of cash. Either way, the ground might be a new place to look for that next dream vehicle.
The Mojave Nugget
When you purchase a metal detector, you likely have realistic expectations to find things like abandoned keys or hunks of useless metal. It is rather a small space in the back of your head that you dedicate to more grand and implausible things like gold and pirate treasure. However, sometimes these things just so happen to appear.
In this case, a man searching through the Mojave Desert in 1977 had just such luck. What he had discovered was the largest hunk of gold ever found — deemed the “Mojave Nugget.” We all wish we were this lucky. Regardless, this large chunk of gold is perhaps one of the most valuable finds ever gleaned from the likes of a metal detector. And we are definitely jealous.
A Civil War sword
As already mentioned on this list, we’ve found that metal detectors often unearth ancient and discarded weaponry. Because the stuff isn’t exactly biodegradable, it will linger in the Earth for thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of years. That’s a long time. Anyway, when the stuff lingers, it is just asking to be picked up by some metal detectorists.
And this is exactly what happened with this Civil War-era sword. While searching through the dirt, this family eventually unearthed the cool 200-year-old weapon. While the thing was certainly valuable and would have gained the family a decent chunk of wealth, they decided to keep the sword as a fun souvenir. We don’t blame them.
Gold, gold, and more gold
Everybody loves gold. The stuff holds a consistent value based off of its finitude in the earthly environment. This means that any time you come across the stuff, you know you will have a hearty sum of money waiting. Sometimes, however, that gold might be shaped into something that you’d rather keep as an artifact. That’s what we have here.
While searching through some dirt in England, Terry Herbert found one of the most extensive, ornate, and pristine collections of gold items ever discovered. Roughly 500 pieces strong, this collection of coins, weapons, and other items could have fetched an extraordinarily handsome price. Yet, because of the collection’s value, the find would be shared with museums across the globe. Noble act.
When looking through the sand for metal trinkets, sometimes you unearth something that is extremely old. Here, while the find might not constitute something that is very old, it does constitute something that is at least decently old.
While sifting through the dirt of a nearby plot of land in Serbia, this man found a coin from early 17th century. This coin, while extremely old, had increased substantially in value. Because of its importance to collectors, the find could fetch in quite the pretty penny. Lucky guy!
An ancient key
Keys have existed for far longer than people realize. While the precise origin remains unknown, scholars maintain that the first key likely originated from the Babylonians of Egyptians around 6,000 years ago. Since these early beginnings, however, the technology has become ubiquitous.
Here, however, we have a key that was found a little later. Originating from the Saxons, this ornate key was used to lock away some sort of Saxon treasure. While Saxons no longer hold the day, their ancient trinkets can be found via the occasional metal detectorist.
Rings, rings, and more rings
Many avid and enthusiastic metal detectorists will find more than one object in their tenure. Here, for instance, we have a collection of rings and other types of regalia found by one particular enthusiast. It’s quite the collection.
Most of the rings found here are from the Roman era, dating back to something between 509 BC to 27 BC.
Given the affinity many collectors bare for items of the Roman era, this collection is worth an extraordinary amount of money.
All the coins
While here we’ve seen a variety of finds via the metal detector, we have also noticed some common denominators. The most common of these, as you may have been able to guess, is the coin. Here, the object is both easy to discard and easy to find.
The result is that people of the future might unearth these coins with all their metal-detecting goodness. Hopefully, like you’ll see with this collection, the coins will be sufficiently old and varied as to merit a high value by collectors. These coins in particular were found underwater, which makes them all the cooler.
An old bullet
Here, we have a find mad by a young man of an old WWII-era bullet. The shell casing, while malformed by age and time in the dirt, is still quite the interesting find. While it won’t rake in as much money as some of the more ancient coins and rings, the thing is still cool.
This is just the sort of find that — while not skyrocketing its finder into wealth and fortune — to keep a novice metal detectorist searching. Ultimately, the thing might help to motivate some more astounding finds. We’ll just have to wait and see…