Backyard Treasures: Real Finds from People’s Own Property

1857 US one dollar gold coin found by a metal detector.

1857 US one dollar gold coin found by a metal detectorist at an old home site.

Have you checked YOUR backyard with a metal detector? The first question asked by new detecting hobbyists is “Where should I start hunting?” Believe it or not, the most obvious answer is the best: in your own backyard! And don’t forget to check the sides and front of your home, condo or apartment. You never know what’s been dropped or stashed there. If you live in an older home or property where old farm houses, sheds or buildings were, this is especially true. But even in newer neighborhoods, the soil could have been deposited from another location dating back hundreds of years ago.

Amazing Backyard Treasures:

According to an article on the National Geographic website, these amateur detectorists really DID find BIG treasure—just by detecting out back!

  • Underground Stolen Money:  In 1946, U.S. Army postal inspectors used a military metal detector to search a deceased postal employee’s backyard who was believed to have stolen money. They uncovered $153,150 buried in his backyard stashed in jars and cans!
  • Buried Model T:  1966: In Detroit, a man wielding a metal detector unearthed a Model T Ford that was buried in his backyard 40 years before.
  • JFK Conspiracy Info?:  In 1975, an amateur treasure hunter found a bullet where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The FBI determined that the bullet was different than the type fired by alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.
  • Confederate Shell:  1997- Virginia: Two young boys using a metal detector unearthed a live Confederate Army artillery shell in their grandfather’s backyard.

Search Your Neighborhood for Big Treasure!

Even if you don’t find big treasure in your backyard, it may lie right around the corner!  An avid detectorist and author revealed that he got permission to search his local church grounds and found: three Indian head pennies, a rosary ring, four clad quarters and a 1797 Connecticut large cent.

Search your OWN backyard and neighborhood, and tell us about YOUR great finds at MetalDetector.com’s  “My Metal Detecting Finds!”  Your story will be entered into a contest to win a Makro Waterproof Pointer.

 

Related – Take a 2-3 minute read of the article we wrote: What are the Best Metal Detectors for Finding Coins?

Detectorists’ Dreams DO Come True! Silver Coin Hoard Found with the Garrett AT Pro

One lucky detectorist is keeping the dream alive for all of us who hope to find a coin hoard! Known as “Aquachigger” in his videos and metal detecting forums, this avid treasure hunter often searches rivers and streams. He spotted a river where he believed war relics would turn up, and started his shallow-water hunt. Aquachigger quickly hit on several silver coins in one concentrated area. Because the river floor here is bedrock, metals cannot sink any lower. This is perfect for uncovering coins, relics and gold. In his You Tube video that you can watch below: “OMG! I Found A Huge Silver Treasure Hoard Metal Detecting!” Aquachigger credits his Garrett AT Pro detector and Garrett Pro-Pointer for quickly signaling the silver coins. There was so much fence wire and lots of nails, he figures another detector may have passed right over the silver.

178 Silver Coins Found with the Garrett AT Pro!

Aquachigger’s Garrett AT Pro emitted a high pitch—with target ID reads from 89-90’s for silver. The AT Pro displayed 30’s when it passed over iron, making it easy to pinpoint the silver coins. After 5 or 6 trips to this riverbed hot spot, his total haul was 178 silver coins! The video is a worthwhile watch, as Aquachigger lays out all of his coins and explains what they are. A majority of the silver coin hoard includes U.S. halves, with the remaining pieces being Spanish 8 Reales, 5 franc coins and foreign (Brazil and Peru coins). It’s also interesting to read the comments about where this detectorist searched, how to find coins and how much the coins are worth. You can be next in a successful treasure quest!

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Halloween 2016: Compassionate Detectorist Helps Widow Find Husband’s Lost Ring

Tom Shively and Catherine Tucker show the metal detecting equipment that helped find a lost wedding band. Catherine Tucker said she could not stop crying after finding her late husband's ring.

Tom Shively and Catherine Tucker show metal detecting equipment that helped find a lost wedding band. Catherine said she could not stop crying after finding her late husband’s ring.

Metal detectorists love their hobby for many reasons. First of all, there’s the thrill of the hunt. Secondly, there is the possibility of uncovering extremely valuable treasure: coins, jewelry, relics and even gold. Yet another passion of detectorists is helping out other people. Kind-hearted and compassionate, many detectorists use their expertise to help others locate sentimental lost items. This was the case recently when a seasoned hobbyist helped a distraught woman who lost her late husband’s ring while handing out Halloween candy.

Lost Ring Passing Out Halloween Candy

Catherine Tucker, a mother of two from mid-Michigan, became a widow three years ago when her husband died in a motorcycle accident. A former Air Force Lieutenant, husband Chris left the military to stay home with his daughters. Chris’s tragic motorcycle crash occurred on the day of his daughter’s birthday. Catherine had to sell her own wedding ring after the accident; and all she had left was her husband’s wedding band. After passing out Halloween candy, she realized the ring was missing and put out a plea on social media to look for the ring.

“Treasure Tom” to the Rescue!

Thankfully, Tom Shively (a.k.a. “Treasure Tom,” of Holt, MI.) read the story and offered his detectorist experience. Shively spent 80 minutes methodically searching Tucker’s yard with his metal detector. Tucker thanked him and told him to give up, but Shively asked for a few more minutes. Ten minutes later, he heard a faint, high-pitched tone. Sure enough, he found the ring! It had fallen upright in the grass and someone had stepped on it. Tucker was eternally grateful and emotional—and in the end, Shively would not accept a reward.

If you are inspired to take up metal detecting (whether to help others or make a profit), now is the time to get started. Technological advancements have made even entry-level units VERY efficient. Any hobbyist can easily locate lost valuables and treasures with a newer metal detector!

Here are some of the most affordable and popular entry-level detectors available today:

Entry-Level Metal Detectors:

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Amazing Cases of Detectorists Finding a Fortune—YOU Could Be Next!

Gold PendantAmazing treasure finds are occurring around the world, from South Africa, to Europe; Australia to the U.S. It’s no wonder there is a new metal detecting craze! Not only are detectorists finding a fortune, they are loving their hobby at the same time! From ancient jewels, to gold coins, meteorites and shipwreck treasure, amateur and professional treasure hunters alike are uncovering amazing finds! Veteran hunters do stress that finding big treasure is a combination of luck and experience. But, with determination, any detectorist will uncover coins, relics, jewelry and antiques. A popular saying is that dedicated treasure hunters will find enough treasure to pay for their detector. Detecting is among the most exciting hobbies. With the holidays quickly approaching, now is the time to get in on the action. Put a metal detector on your wish list!!

Exciting and Unexpected Discoveries

  • Amateur U.K. Detectorist Finds Gold Pendant with Carving of Jesus’ Birth
    Every Sunday afternoon, Mark Hannabee went out treasure hunting for fun and exercise. Seven years later, Hannabee’s detector went off—and to his amazement, he found a stamp-sized gold pendant. It had an intricate carving of the birth of Jesus. He took it to Sotheby’s Auction, where it was estimated at $250,000 pounds. They didn’t buy it, but he eventually sold it at another auction for $38,000 pounds—equivalent to almost $50, 000!  
  • Six-Year-Old Finds $4 Million Gold Locket with His Dad
    A father and his young son enjoyed casual metal detecting- just looking for junk. After a few weeks of hunting, they stumbled upon a gold locket with the image of the Virgin Mary. Appraisers determined that the locket dated back to the 16th Century and belonged to the Royal British family. They sold the precious gold locket for $4 million dollars, and shared part of the proceeds with the family who owned the property it was found on.
  • Hauxton Hoard – Near Cambridge, England
    In 1992, a farmer in England lost his hammer in the field and asked his detectorist friend to help find it. Detectorist Eric Laas not only found the hammer, he located a historical treasure hoard. Named the Hauxton Hoard, Laas discovered Roman Empire coins including: 24 bronze coins, 565 gold coins, 14, 191 silver coins and other jewels and statues. Under British law, a treasure trove becomes the property of Britain. However, they are required to pay fair market value to the finder. So, the duo received a cool $1.7 million pounds—almost $2.1 million!!

 

MetalDetector.com’s Big Holiday Sale

Start your OWN treasure hunting adventures with a metal detector of your own! From now through December 20, 2016, you’ll find the lowest prices of the year on the most popular beginner and mid-level metal detectors. Almost every detector brand/model is available at MetalDetector.com—and all accessories. Get started on your holiday gift list TODAY, so you can get in on the action!

For more great metal detecting finds stories, check out the My Metal Detector Finds section from us here at MetalDetector.com

 

Reference:

“10 Amazing Cases Of Lucky People Finding A Fortune!”

First Treasures: Inspiring Top My Finds Story

9 Year Old Anna of Ohio showing off her recent find.

9 Year Old Anna of Ohio showing off her recent find.

It is always exciting to see young treasure hunters get involved in the hobby of metal detecting. Earlier this year, one of the top finds stories was submitted by Tim Clark. Tim is an avid metaldetectorist and the uncle of a young new treasure hunter in Ohio named Anna. The story is entitled “Gold on the First Try!” and is a fun and quick read.

Tim Clark wrote in to say “Just wanted to share with you a photo of Anna with her new Makro pin pointer. Although I’m the one that submitted her story, she definitely deserved the prize. She was so thrilled! Her first words to her Dad after receiving it? “Let’s go metal detecting right now!”

I think I’m now Anna’s favorite great-Uncle!

Thanks again,

Tim Clark
Mansfield, Ohio

Anna pictured with the Makro Pointer her uncle recently presented her with.

Anna pictured with the Makro Pointer her uncle recently presented her with.

PS I first started detecting early in 2014; since then, five of my friends have bought metal detectors because of my passion for the hobby.”

Editors note: Our family has been involved in the hobby for over forty years. Michael and Daniel Bernzweig started with their first metal detectors at the ages of 5 and 10 respectively. That was 1975 – since that time, our family hobby and passion has turned into a full time business. We love seeing others get started with their first metal detectors.

“Is This an Important Relic or Coin?” How to Identify Treasures Found

Learn more about this metal detecting find and your own found treasures in this helpful article.

Learn more about this metal detecting find and your own found treasures in this helpful article.

It’s exciting when you actually dig up a metal treasure, but frequently you don’t even know what it is – especially if you’ve found a relic! It probably looks ancient and valuable, but what is it? Experts advise not to tamper with your target too much before you know what it is. For instance, don’t scrub dirt off abrasively or use soap and water right off the bat. There are hundreds of metal detecting experts and communities who can help you identify items.

The Art of Identifying Treasures

When you find your first artifacts, you obviously want to know what they are! Before you know how to clean your find, you need to identify it. Ask a fellow detectorist for help. There are other resources, as well. Many museums have identification facilities. Check to see if any museums in your area offer this service. Another great reason to visit a museum is you will see tons of artifacts and be able to relate items when you make your own discoveries. Antique stores and coin dealers are also very useful to detectorists. They can help you identify finds; dealers often publish coin lists which you will likely reference often. Metal detecting books and magazines are beneficial to most detecting hobbyists. For example, experts recommend the book, “Whitman’s Official Red Book: A Guide Book of United States Coins” for identifying coins. MetalDetector.com offers a huge selection of metal detecting books, magazines and videos. You can find a book specifically geared towards Civil War relics, if that is your niche. Treasure Hunting magazines typically publish a monthly “Question & Answer” section in which readers’ finds are identified by experts. By the way, if you do buy metal detecting magazine, save them for your archive. It’s a great way to build up your own reference library.

Ask Mark Parker- Magazine Q & A Example

The metal detecting magazine Western & Eastern Treasures features a monthly column called “Ask Mark Parker.” Relic and coin expert Mark Parker selects photos from hobbyists interested in identifying their finds. He researches each find and provides detailed insight as to what it is, as well as its estimated value. One reader dug up an old brass lock in Colorado engraved “St. Louis” on both sides. He was interested in any information about his find.

Mark Parker’s response, “Your warded padlock dates from the early 1900s, and although there are no maker’s marks, the style is very similar to that of locks made by the E. T. Fraim Co. of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. As for the “St. Louis” name, it’s been suggested that this is one of a number of locks issued to cash in on the enormous interest and enthusiasm surrounding the St. Louis World’s Fair, or Louisiana Purchase Exposition, held in 1904. It’s a fairly common but collectable little item, usually retailing around $20.”

Identifying your treasure is among the most exciting aspects of metal detecting. For more information, check out MetalDetector.com’s Learning Library. Read about these related topics:

“2016” Treasure Finds – This Year’s Amazing “My Finds” Entries Here at MetalDetector.com!

A 2 Reale coin from 1723 is a great find! Read all the stories in MetalDetector.com's "My Metal Detector Finds"

A 2 Reale coin from 1723 is a great find! Read all the stories in MetalDetector.com’s “My Metal Detector Finds”

Every metal detecting find that evokes excitement is extraordinary, and each treasure find is significant! At MetalDetector.com, we don’t believe that one person’s find is more intriguing than another. We simply encourage hobbyists, newbies and veterans, to share their stories of success in order to inspire an encourage. It is truly inspirational to read about fellow hobbyists’ finds in their own neighborhood that are rare, exciting and sometimes very valuable. We encourage metal detectorists to share their treasure hunting finds to motivate others, while teaching tips and tricks. Here is a sampling of amazing metal detecting finds that are posted on MetalDetector.com’s  “My Metal Detector Finds” for 2016.

  • Jan., 2016- CT: Small Cache of Silver and Gold

Using the Garrett AT Gold, two friends hunted an old 1770s homestead in January, 2016. After junk hits and an iron nail, they stumbled upon a cache. The loot included 5 Spanish Reales, an 1812 5 dollar capped bust gold piece and an 1819 capped bust quarter! It was pure excitement! Read full story

  • March, 2016- TN: George Washington Ang. Fourth of March 1789 Button

A 73-year-old active detectorist was in his hometown at a 1790 mansion house digging away at a plug and saw this roundness that he thought was a flat button. After retrieving it, he realized it was a once-in-a-lifetime find—a button  reading March the Fourth 1789! See story

  • June, 2016: My 1837 Half Dime

Using the Whites Coin Master, Carl Clark of New York found the best coin of his life—an 1837 half dime!  Right next to it was a 1908 Indian head penny. Carl says he is glad he purchased the Coin Master as his first metal detector, as it has proven itself over and over! Read full story

 

  • May, 2016: Well, That Was Quick!

Anthony of  Schenectady, NY always wanted to get into metal detecting. With a Bounty Hunter unit as an entry-level detector, he got started on his own backyard. After finding tons of coins, he was hooked. On his third day of detecting, he found an 1805 Liberty head large cent about 4″ deep. Needless to say, he is now hooked!  Read full story

Read True Stories from “My Metal Detecting Finds”

Share your OWN exciting discoveries at “My Metal Detecting Finds!”   You will be entered into the best stories prize sweepstakes pool! You can win exciting prizes including this month’s Makro Waterproof Pointer.

 

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Spectacular 13 Gram Gold Nugget Found in Africa with XP DEUS!

A prospector using the XP DEUS metal detector in Africa turned up this amazing 13 Gram gold nugget. He was using the XP DEUS GoldField program 10 when he made the impressive recovery. You can see the actual recovery detailed in this video below.

Developed and perfect in the gold fields of Africa, the XP DEUS GoldField program has turned up several notable finds over the years. Complete details on the GoldField program 10 are shown at this link. While the GoldField program is extremely powerful, it is a turn-on-and-go preset mode that is simple to use. The XP DEUS with the GoldField program comes in the four model configurations shown here.

Looking Back: Treasure Finds in the News for 2015

Silver Coin Treasure Cache found in 2015 by a MetalDetector.com customer.

Silver Coin Treasure Cache found in 2015 by a MetalDetector.com customer.

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

University at Buffalo faculty members Philip Kiernan, left, assistant professor of classics showing of his treasure

University at Buffalo faculty member Philip Kiernan, left, showing of his treasure.

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”

1877 seated dime, a Barber dime and an 1864 2-cent piece found by Jessie Thompson.

1877 seated dime, a Barber dime and an 1864 2-cent piece found by Jessie Thompson.

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!

You Can Find Treasure

Read the following articles to make sure you’re equipped for success, so you can make treasure headlines!

How to Select a Metal Detector

What are the Best Metal Detectors for Finding Relics?

Our Learning Library of Metal Detectors – “Everything you ever wanted to know about metal detectors but were afraid to ask”

How to Give Him a Gift He’ll be Excited to Open This Year

metal detectors for men

Give the your husband, son, grandfather or any guy on your list a metal detector, a gift he will be excited to open for Christmas.

The Holiday shopping season is in full swing and, if you’re like most of us, you’ve got a few hard to buy for guys on your list.  Not to worry, we have a Holiday gift idea for you that nearly any guy is sure to be excited to open – a Metal Detector.  

Why give him a metal detector this Holiday season?  There are quite a few reasons actually.  Here are just a few:

The Chance to Find Valuable Treasure

The chance, no matter how great, of finding valuable treasure is reason enough to give your husband, son, father, grandfather or other guy on your Holiday shopping list a metal detector this year.  Lost jewelry, antiques, coins, and gold are just a few of the items of value you might find buried right beneath your feet while treasure hunting with a metal detector.  The prospect of finding them at any given moment that you’re out with your metal detector is exciting to say the least.  As a result, nearly every guy will end up liking your gift when you give him a metal detector.

A Reason to Get Back to Nature

Many guys like Holiday gifts that get them outside and back into nature; and metal detectors do just that.  Whether you head out into the park, search the lake, visit the beach, or go metal detecting in the mountains the great outdoors and metal detecting go hand in hand.  For those interested in prospecting for gold, the new Makro Gold Racer or Gold Racer Pro might just be the perfect gift idea.

The Opportunity to Fit Regular Exercise Into Their Routine

When you give him a metal detector this Holiday season, you also give him an opportunity to become healthier by engaging in regular exercise without him even realizing it!  Walking, often for miles swinging a metal detector and digging up targets are a natural part of metal detecting, yet they’ll help you stay fit and healthy when done regularly. A top of the line option for all terrains, the XP DEUS metal detector might be the right option for the man on your list.

In addition, giving a guy a metal detector also offers him a chance to discover local history, learn more about science, and engage with other hobbyists in the metal detecting community among other benefits.  As you can see when you give him a metal detector this year, he’ll receive so much more than just a machine.  For many, metal detecting becomes a hobby that enriches their lives in a variety of ways for years to come; and that’s quite an achievement for a Holiday gift.  So stop your search and give him a metal detector this year for a gift even the hardest to shop for guy is sure to be excited to open.

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