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    What Have You Ever Found WITHOUT the Detector, While Metal Detecting?

    While metal detecting I have found various sight find items not found by the detector.

    I guess the most valuable would be a broken swiss watch that I got $50 for parts on Ebay.

    I have also found some nice goggles, sunglasses, and about 2 dozen fossils, mostly giant clam fossils, some fairly large about as big as a softball.

    Also found a couple of cool pieces of driftwood and some holy limestone pieces that would fetch a few dollars.

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    What Have You Ever Found WITHOUT the Detector, While Metal Detecting?

    Seems like once I got into metal detecting I became a lot more aware of what was on the ground and under my feet. I have found many coins, a watch at the beach. a silver ring under a seat at the airport, a wallet with money and credit cards on the sidewalk outside a supermarket, which was returned to the loser, and best of all a twenty dollar bill in a rain soaked parking lot which of course I used to buy replacement batteries for my AT Pro 🤑
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandancer View Post
    Seems like once I got into metal detecting I became a lot more aware of what was on the ground and under my feet. I have found many coins, a watch at the beach. a silver ring under a seat at the airport, a wallet with money and credit cards on the sidewalk outside a supermarket, which was returned to the loser, and best of all a twenty dollar bill in a rain soaked parking lot which of course I used to buy replacement batteries for my AT Pro 🤑
    Check this out. About a year ago I was walking out of a store and looked down and there was a $10 bill. I picked it up, and when I got gas 2 mins later I bought 2 $5 scratch off tickets.

    One ticket was a loser, but the other I won $20 on.

    The next morning when I went for coffee I took that $20 and bought 2 $10 tickets. Went home scratched them off.

    1 ticket won me $100 and the other one won me $25. I took the night off work and went to a fancy seafood restaurant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AusTexDude View Post
    While metal detecting I have found various sight find items not found by the detector.

    I guess the most valuable would be a broken swiss watch that I got $50 for parts on Ebay.

    I have also found some nice goggles, sunglasses, and about 2 dozen fossils, mostly giant clam fossils, some fairly large about as big as a softball.

    Also found a couple of cool pieces of driftwood and some holy limestone pieces that would fetch a few dollars.
    I found a working top of the line Fitbit last summer. I was biking at night with my friends and saw a light on the ground, so I assumed one of us had dropped our bike lights. I pick it up and it was a Fitbit with the heart rate monitor on! I talked to the police and they said if no one called about it in a week it was mine. Nobody called, so I kept it and I still wear it.
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    Found 2 gold rings in 2 different parking lots while walking because now I always look for lost items while walking, found 2 $20.00 bills roll up to gether like straw in Walmart parking lot.

    Year ago I found a switch blade knife and 3 lids in kitchen cabinets of house I shared with 4 roommates after party in Lincoln Ne when police showed up to shut party down for excessive noise at 3am. Police walked in house due to front door being open and announced party was over, anyone not living there leave or be arrested. When to eat cereal next morning and found the lids and switchblade when I pulled out cereal boxes. No one ever came back to claim..
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    Have found over $600.00 dollars in Wal -Mart parking lot, gave $502.00 back to woman and her husband that dropped it. The rest was at different times and didn't see who dropped it and found a 14k necklace loop in the expansion joint of a sidewalk at my Drs. office and have found loose bills in quite a few other spots. Have found rings quite a few times also one was a 14k signet ring with my wife's maiden name initial, that she still wears to this day. You just have to keep yours eyes open.
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    What Have You Ever Found WITHOUT the Detector, While Metal Detecting?

    Found a pair of Maui Jim sunglasses laying on the shoreline when I first walked onto the beach early morn before anyone arrived here are the exact pair I found..Click image for larger version. 

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    Well I was mainly talking about other things you find while actually metal detecting but I'll run with it. Throughout my life I have always been an outside kind of guy so I have found a plethora of stuff from $680 in a wad laying on the ground, to about $1,200 worth of snow in a bag at a phone booth. Being an avid fisherman I have found so much stuff in my life I forgot 3/4s of it. Just last year I was fishing and saw this branch loaded with lures so I swam out to it, climbed the tree, and scored a half a dozen good lures. Lots of jewelry on sight finds throughout my life, especially in parking lots.

    When I was about 8 years old I found this place in the woods and there was a few corrugated steel sheets laying on the ground. I was looking for lizards and stuff and when I lifted one up there was a hole under it with WW2 machine guns in it, the kind that lay on the ground. I told my friend and she told her dad and they were gone a few days later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AusTexDude View Post
    Well I was mainly talking about other things you find while actually metal detecting but I'll run with it. Throughout my life I have always been an outside kind of so I have found a plethora of stuff from $680 in a wad laying on the ground, to about $1,200 worth of snow in a bag at a phone booth. Being an avid fisherman I have found so much stuff in my life I forgot 3/4s of it. Just last year I was fishing and saw this branch loaded with lures so I swam out to it, climbed the tree, and scored a half a dozen good lures. Lots of jewelry on sight finds throughout my life, especially in parking lots.

    When I was about 8 years old I found this place in the woods and there was a few corrugated steel sheets laying on the ground. I was looking for lizards and stuff and when I lifted one up there was a hole under it with WW2 machine guns in it, the kind that lay on the ground. I told my friend and she told her dad and they were gone a few days later.
    Sorry, I misread your title. In Okinawa I found a lot of WWII stuff on beaches, 30, cal and 50 cal spent shells, bayonet, other items. Unfortunately all were stolen out of my room one night on base while I was in the city bar hopping and chasing girls..
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    While detecting, a 1774 Gold British full guinea coin, I spotted it a millisecond before the detector did. It was on top of the beach sand. Several late 19th century bottles while looking for a CW site and three British halfpennies from the 18th century right in front of the detector swing on top of the beach sand.

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    Too many eyeball finds to list or remember, last gold bracelet I found a couple months ago was an eyeball find, would have found it either way but I saw the glint of gold before I swept over it [at the beach].

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