Probably the greatest joy of metal detecting is being able to share stories of treasure finds with like-minded treasure hunters. Not everybody understands the excitement of unearthing a random item. Sometimes it’s just an old penny—in which case, there may be puzzled onlookers. The truth is, there are treasures to be found and they’re everywhere. For those of us who take the time to hunt with a metal detector, there is the possibility of unearthing something amazing! When we are rewarded with an epic find, it’s great to be able to share the story at a place like MetalDetector.com’s “My Metal Detector Finds.” Every day, fellow detectorists post accounts of their latest & greatest treasure finds. Some are beginner’s luck, others are the result of lots of research; and other finds are downright creepy! Here are some recent finds posted by hobbyists on “My Metal Detector Finds:”
July 13, 2015: Found a U.S. Puppy Paw Belt Plate With the AT Pro
U.S. Puppy paw belt plate found on second day with Garrett AT pro metal detector.
Brandon, Mississippi: “I live 45 minutes east of Vicksburg Mississippi, a small town that was burned to the ground by General Sherman’s troops. There were two skirmishes in Brandon during 1862, but no major battles. I was detecting in a spot where it looked like cannons had been placed. I hit an iffy 81 VDI on my Garrett AT Pro detector and almost passed it up. So glad I did not because what are the chances of finding a U.S. Puppy Paw belt plate (a FederaI Belt Plate used from 1839—1863. The rounded knobs on the back look like a puppy paw). I’ve always been a White’s man, but Garrett is making a big change in my detecting style. I would love to see if the Ace 350 can stand with the AT pro.” – Read full story
July 2, 2015: Civil War Relics
Forest, Mississippi: “I was in town at my grandmother’s flower shop. I started out digging up old ammo like mini balls and old 10 gauge shells that were all brass. Then I dug up a lot of silver coins, small coins—dimes mostly. After dark, I was just getting ready to stop for the day and I ended up detecting over one more spot and low and behold, I found an old pocket watch with engravings on it.” – See story for author & photo
May 27, 2015: Showing Up My Hubby!
US Large Cent found with the XP DEUS metal detector.
Virginia Beach, Virginia: “Well, my husband has been asking me to go metal detecting with him for a couple of years now, but I always came up with an excuse not to go. A couple of days ago, my husband let me use his XP DEUS. He told me, “history is everywhere, you just have to know where to look!” So we start detecting and I’m pulling up aluminum can tops. My husband told me something good will pop up I promise. Just as he was saying that, I heard a beep and started to dig a small plug. I thought it was a piece of metal, so I called my husband over and he knew exactly what it was. “It’s a giant cent,” he said. He was so jealous and proud! It turns out metal detecting can be loads of fun.” [The U.S. large cent was minted from 1793 until 1857.] – Read full story
May 19, 2015: Beginners Luck?
Charlestown, New Hampshire: “I work with a friend who got me interested in metal detecting. My wife bought me a Garrett Ace 350 and pinpointer for Christmas this year. Living in New England, it had to sit in the closet until April 3rd, a 60 degree day! Our house was built in 1990, the oldest one on the block, so I really did not think I would find anything. Having never used a detector, I was a little unsure what to expect. I started getting hits right off. Nails, bottle caps, 5 pennies from the 1990’s. I moved to the front yard and dug my first hit there…. a 1738 George II half penny in pretty decent shape! I could not believe it! About 20 feet from there, I found the brass barrel of a boot gun. I guess just because the house has not been there long, it does not mean things didn’t take place there years before.” – Read full story
Read True Stories from Detectorists at “My Metal Detecting Finds”
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! The current featured prize is the Makro Pointer Waterproof Pinpointer valued at $149. Site visitors vote for their favorite ‘detecting finds’ story and the person with the most votes wins. Submission periods typically run every 3 months, so be sure to share your stories and enthusiasm. Maybe you will have the next amazing find!
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