The most exciting aspect of metal detecting is the potential for monumental finds—possibly dating back hundreds of years. Luck is definitely a huge player in the search for treasure, as there are no rules of logic! There is the lucky boy who found a hoard of Roman silver denarii in the UK on his very first time out with a metal detector. Or the detectorist who searched a site that was supposedly hunted out and found a pristine hammered gold coin. Just like the spinning roulette wheel, it’s all a game of chance on a number or color. The detectorist who maintains a positive attitude and realizes that among the trash, he or she will find treasure and will inevitably get “lucky” at some point.
If you believe in the law of attraction, you know that positive energy attracts a positive outcome. Perhaps this is what drove some of the folks below who found these recent “treasure(s) in the headlines.”
University at Buffalo Professor Finds Priceless Coin Trove
At the University at Buffalo, professor Philip Kiernan investigated a rumor about a treasure trove and uncovered a priceless collection of ancient Greek and Roman coins. Dozens of gold and silver coins, which date back 2,500 years, were left by wealthy benefactor Thomas B. Lockwood in 1935. Professor Kiernan is also a coin expert, and says the coins are extremely well preserved. “My job as an archaeologist is to appreciate their historical value, and their historical value is absolutely priceless.”
WWII Dog Tag Lost in Normandy Returned to U.S. Soldier’s Widow
A World War II dog tag buried on D-Day’s Utah Beach in Normandy has been returned to the widow of the soldier who lost it. Army Sgt. James Wallace of Indiana lost his tag 70 years ago while storming the beach—he was awarded two Bronze Stars during the war. Recently, Frenchman Francois Blaizot scoured Utah Beach with his metal detector, found the tag and mailed it to the U.S. with a heartfelt note.
Time Capsule Discovered in Massachusetts State House
A renovation crew at the Massachusetts State House recently came across a hidden time capsule in one of its granite cornerstones. Historians believe the time capsule was placed there in 1795 by Revolutionary War luminaries, including Samuel Adams and Paul Revere! The time capsule is believed to contain items such as old coins and newspapers, but the condition of the contents is currently unknown. Officials won’t open the capsule until it is X-rayed at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.
Read True Stories from Detectorists at “My Metal Detecting Finds”
Jessie from Stamford, CT wrote in to MetalDetector.com to tell about his metal detector find. He said he was driving home from work one day noticed a demolition sign on an old school. “This was a public school that was built back in the early 1900’s. Little did I know that this school was also a farm back in the early days. My first coin I popped out was a 1877 seated dime. Then a 1913 Barber dime came up. And right before the sun set, I found a 1864 2-cent piece in awesome condition!” Have an exciting discovery of your own to share? Tell us about it at “My Metal Detecting Finds” and be entered to win a prize!
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