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  1. #16
    Dec 2012
    lower hudson valley, N.Y.
    safari, ATPro, infinium, old Garrett BFO, Excal, Nox 800
    4695 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I started in 1970 with a Garrett BFO detector, got my girlfriend one an the next year a couple of friends got them. We always called coins and jewelry found by eyeball while detecting "insult coins or jewelry". It was like an insult to find valuables by eye when running around with a detector that cost a week's pay or more when the object could have easily found if one merely looked harder at the ground. A bunch of us old hunters still call them insult coins and funny thing, our detectors still cost the better part of a week's pay or more. Like all folks above, I was always a ground watcher having grown up looking for arrowheads and fossils at an early age. 73 now, couldn't mention all the cool stuff found on the ground from fields to shopping center parking lots. Detecting? Coins and jewelry mostly among many bottle caps. Even silver coins on the surface back in the day. I think most people who detect probably have always been interested in dropped, lost items.
    Ya won't find nuthin' if ya don't hunt

  2. #17
    May 2011
    tujunga ca
    xlt mxt gmz and now a gmt whites
    1752 times
    i think this is what you are looking for.i left this can in the desert.i thought about it for months.one day i wake up and said todays the day.drove 2 hours,if it could talk.the glass ball are railroad balls.use to move fright around.
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  3. #18
    Aug 2006
    Temple, GA
    AT Pro, Tesoro Cibola
    240 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Spied a 10k rope necklace a second before my machine swung over it. Got a 14k bracelet once with my daughters name on it and a brand new pair of costa sunglasses. safe to say most all of us are constantly scanning the ground.
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  4. #19
    Jan 2005
    Choctaw Beach Florida
    Equinox 800 and ORX, tesoro Cibola with garret,whites and minelab pinpointers
    1785 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (2)
    Honorable Mentions (3)
    Found a tomahawk in a field while hunting cw relics,gold chain on the beach once that the detector would not even pick up.
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    God and country.

  5. #20
    Charter Member

    Feb 2007
    Arlington Heights, IL
    V3i, MXT-All Pro and Equinox 800
    1032 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (2)
    Honorable Mentions (3)
    While detecting in the woods near a large 3' rock, I saw the pointed end of a smooth stone. When I pulled it out of the ground, it was a woodland-period celt.

    Then, while looking for an 1850's homestead in a cut cornfield, I saw what I thought was a clad dime on the ground. When I picked it up it was a nickel 1865 3-cent piece.
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  6. #21
    Charter Member
    Dec 2012
    Concrete, WA
    Nokta FoRs Gold, a Gold Cube, 2 Keene Sluices and Lord only knows how many pans....not to mention a load of other gear my wife still doesn't know about!
    7468 times
    Years ago my detecting buddy and I were at a very small Seattle area
    park, and while he was working the graveled edge of the road, I went
    over to detect around an older tree. As I stood up from digging a
    Merc, I saw a piece of blue ribbon sticking out of a small, cloth bag
    that was just sitting in an old notch in the tree trunk.

    Had a note inside titled "To the finder". It said "have a happy day".
    Along with the note was a nice fat bud, which made for a very relaxed
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    Just as I was about to walk over and tell Steve about it, he hollers
    at me to come see what he found. I couldn't believe it, but in that
    hard gravel (that people parked on) about 2' from the edge of the
    pavement he digs out an 1899 Barber dime.

    I still think I made the better find...
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    Mike (aka Dizz)

    "If you love wealth better than liberty, the tranquillity of servitude better than the animating contest
    of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick
    the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you
    were our countrymen." ~~ Samuel Adams, 1776

    Dizzy's Super-Simple, Universal Rule of Forum Conduct: Don't be an ass.

  7. #22
    Daylight is buring

    Nov 2007
    Etrac, Coinstrike, F70, Explorer XS, Sovereign XS, Spectrum, IDX PRO.
    505 times
    Metal Detecting
    I have found some rings top of the ground. My buddy found a $100 bill local park. I can say for sure the most crazy find for me was a keg of Bud with the tap in the woods local park. I was back there many times never saw anyone looking for it. The distributor paid me the refund deposits.

  8. #23
    eye man

    Jan 2020
    East Tennessee
    Whites, Radio Shack, Metrotec, peach tree fork
    252 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Lots of arrow heads, or flint.
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  9. #24

    Aug 2017
    SW MO
    Garrett AT PRO, Garrett Ultra GTA 500, Equinox 600
    2098 times
    Metal Detecting
    I found a nice waterproof rechargeable milwaukee headlamp out in the woods, still use it to this day.
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  10. #25
    beachcomber, treasure hunter, fisherman

    Jun 2016
    FL keys
    Mine lab primary fisher secondary
    45463 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (3)
    I found my oldest coin walking back to the car with the detector slung across my shoulder....a double dated maravedi...1621 and 1652. It was laying teed up ontop of the sand in plain sight !! I pointed it out to my partner then picked it up !!
    wahoo caught in bahamas

  11. #26
    Jan 2021
    Tesoro Sabre II
    9 times
    Metal Detecting
    OK, my very most amazing find (not only because I eyeballed it but I think it's just an amazing find LOL) was found while I was metal detecting in a corn field in winter in upstate NY. I always look around on the ground while I'm swinging and it had rained and on the top of a little pillar of dirt was this Fugio Cent!!!! I also found an old flint from a musket (which was later stolen, I was so angry) and several arrowheads over the years. This old helmet and big cast iron what I think may be a morter (I had to lug it out of the woods, it weighs 13 pounds).
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  12. #27

    Aug 2016
    2154 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    found cash, sunglasses, clothes,dock lines,anchors, just go where all the drunks go to drink by boat
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  13. #28
    Charter Member
    May 2010
    White Plains, New York
    Minelab GPZ 7000 -- Equinox 600 -- Vanquish 540 -- Minelab Pro Find 35 // Grave Digger Tools Nemesis shovel, Sidekick hand digger // Bunk's Hermit Pick // Sponsored By Fort Bedford Metal Detectors
    27022 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (1)
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    I found $365.00 in a bank envelope once. My car had just broken with another week till payday, and I enough groceries and diapers for four more days. Angels are real.

  14. #29
    Apr 2020
    Bounty Hunter LRP
    94 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I found a lose diamond behind a set of baseball bleachers. Theres about 3 feet of paved area behind them before the grass. It was getting dark and the lights from nearby made me see the shine from it 10 feet away. Probably fake but I haven't got it tested yet as you need appointments for the stores and I'm in no rush.
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  15. #30
    Mar 2015
    Bodymore, Metalland
    Minelab Excal, Safari, Garrett infinium, Whites prizm 4
    1769 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (1)
    Waaay too much stuff to list lol. Around $800-1000+ in cash from different finds, silver jewelry ( no gold I could get but theres a chain in the asphalt I think about sometimes lol) dozens of sunglasses, snorkels etc. and my favorite find from Sandy, a concretion lump with 28 coins embedded in it. I saw it rolling around in the surf with pieces of old ship timbers. I ran out and grabbed it in between waves.
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