12 Biggest Metal Detector Finds Ever

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There have been discoveries made that have impacted the lives of people positively. These discoveries range from long lost treasures to antique discoveries. Though the efficacy of some discoveries cannot be affirmed, some are real. Discoveries usually bring wealth and fame to most people behind the discoveries, but this is not always the same. For some people, it is the excitement and memories of discovering long lost/ hidden items that matter. In most of the great discoveries made, metal detectors are usually involved. This article would delve into the biggest finds made using a metal detector.

  1. Pisco Treasure

Often, relics and treasures are lost because of wrong documentation or mistakes made by a careless officer. This is the case with the pisco treasure. It was labeled lost, but after a team led by Carlos Canle carried out rigorous and in-depth research they discovered the point where the treasure could be and they went to search for it. The pisco treasure was discovered where it was packed for shipping. This was not the only discovered item, they also found coins, jewels, and other relics.

  • Golden Chalice

This 385-year old relic was discovered by a treasure hunter; Mike DeMar. This relic was lost in 1622 when a Spanish ship named Santa Margarita capsized into the sea with treasures. This ship has been underwater for more than 380 years before being discovered by Mike in 2008. Mike DeMar was paid a stunning million dollars for this amazing discovery. Other amazing relics were also discovered on the ship, but this was the ground breaking find of them all.

  • The Boot of Cortez

Back in 1989, an unusual discovery was made by a treasure hunter from Senora, Mexico. While using his metal detector in the desert, this man discovered a 389 troy ounces gold nugget. The name “Boot of Cortez” was derived from the size of this nugget. After 31 years, this remains the biggest nugget ever discovered in the western hemisphere. This relic was auctioned for a whopping $1,553,500. This is enough to propel anyone into treasure hunting with metal detectors, but it is not as easy as it seems.

  • Gold Iron Age Necklaces

You remember the iron-age right? Well, they wore golden necklaces then that would worth a lot now. Four of these golden necklaces were discovered by a Scotsman in 2009. When these necklaces were discovered, they were in perfect condition. There have been rumors that the gold wire used was measured using the thickness of your finger. As mentioned earlier, these necklaces are very expensive. The ones discovered by the Scotsman were valued at $2 million. This is a jaw-dropping figure.

  • Buried Treasure

All these discoveries are also buried treasures, but nothing compared to the one made by Eric Lawes. This unintentional find was made while Eric was looking for his friend’s lost hammer. After discovering; gold pieces of jewelry and coins, silver spoons, and coins, this discovery was reported to the appropriate authorities, and after canvassing and digging the area, gold weighing 7.7 pounds and silver weighing 52.4 pounds were discovered beneath the earth. After carrying out several tests, it was discovered that this treasure has been under the ground no later than 450 AD. The whole recovery was valued at $2.59 million.

  • Ringlemere Cup

Always trust your instincts! That is the story behind this cup. A newbie treasure hunter; Cliff Bradshaw had always made small-time discoveries while combing through wheat fields for treasures. However, this Englishman believed that he could find something more, something that could change his life for the better. Armed with his metal detector and digging equipment, he set out into the wheat field and after digging 18 inches into the earth, he discovered this ancient ringlemere cup. This astonishing discovery made historians glee with excitement.  Though farming equipment has had its toll on this golden cup, it was still intact. It was eventually bought off Mr. Cliff Bradshaw’s hands by the British Museum for a whopping $520,000.

  • European Royalty Ring

In 2015, Michael Greenhorn discovered this 5th-century European royalty ring. This ring was made from sapphire, gold, and glass. After its discovery in Yorkshire, more than 30 experts worked on this ring trying to pin a date to it, but the ring got the better of this expert. They could tell its era, but the precise time and owner could not be figured out. Another mystery behind this ring is that; the sapphire was cut ages before the ring was even made. The ring was just made to house the sapphire. It was purchased for $44,132 by the Yorkshire Museum.

  • Crosby Garrett Helmet

The English wheat field comes up again in this amazing discovery. Another metal detectorist was combing through the English fields, this is where he discovered several fragments of this 1,800-year-old helmet. It took approximately 200 hours to put this relic together in the auction house he delivered it to. The helmet was a roman mask with a bronze cap that featured a griffin crest. This 1,800-year-old was high priced at the auction, and it was sold for $3.6 million; the highest yet on this list.

  • Viking Treasure Trove

Familiar with the series Vikings? Then this piece should interest you. It was discovered by a duo of father and son; David and Andrew Whelan. They initially discovered a coin, but they believed they could find more, so they went further, and they were able to unearth Viking treasure consisting of gold and silver. Like most of the discoveries here, it was also found in North Yorkshire. David and Andrew were paid £750,000 for the discovery, but they halved it with the owner of the farm where the treasure was discovered. This hoard which belonged to a Viking lord is now being displayed in the British Museum. The trove consists of a silver cup, coins, gold arm ring, and a decorated gilt.

  1. 1956 Class Ring

This is an example of excitement over fame and wealth. Just like it is today, class rings were popular among high schoolers in America back in the 1900s. Most of them even save up to purchase this piece of jewelry. In 2013, a resident of Michigan state; Rick Vance discovered three class rings, and he tried to reach out to the owner of one of these rings. This 1956 women’s ring belonged to a woman called Carol. Rick successfully found the woman and he reunited her with the ring which she lost in 1959. After 54 years, the ring was reunited with its owner. According to Rick, the joy on Carol’s face was priceless.

  1. Lost Class Ring

Here is another example of a lost class ring. This should tell you how important this jewelry is to the owner. This discovery was made in 1974 by Roy Lloyd. The ring belonged to a Miles Baker. From the initials engraved in the ring, and the right level of research, Roy was able to return the ring to its owner. Though he was not paid or acknowledged by the public, the excitement he put on Baker’s face after 48 years can never be wiped away from his memory. That was the satisfaction Roy derived from the discovery.

  1. George Washington Inaugural Cuff Button

Anything involving the first president of the United States of America is priceless, antique, and museum-worthy. Jon Tetreault who discovered this ring was on a treasure hunt around central Massachusetts, which was where he discovered a cuff button from the inauguration of George Washington in 1789. Though he was not sure of his discovery initially, Jon had to take the button home, clean it properly before it dawned on him that he had a piece of the great George Washington’s clothing, which is not something you get to experience every day.

Final Thoughts

Though most of these discoveries are not “major newsworthy”, but for lovers and users of metal detectors, these are really interesting discoveries. Over the years, some unbelievable discoveries have been made, among which include; giant chains, underground ant cave, and many more. Chances of discovering a life-changing relic are usually slim, but this should not deter you from going to the right places with your metal detector. It could be to treasure hunt, or just for fun.

You never can tell when mother luck would smile on you, an interesting discovery is just a trip away. It does not have to be a giant golden item or a hidden treasure chest. Ancient coins and metals would help broaden your horizon about history, and if you are lucky you might even get paid. So get your metal detectors and go on that hunt.