The most valuable find!

The Urban Prospector

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Oct 18, 2014
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Garrett Pro Pointer,
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Human eyes
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Other
Everybody is curious as to what the heck us "metal detectorists" are doing. Without fail THE #1 question that I am asked is, "What is the most valuable thing you have ever found?" So.....I thought it would be fun and interesting to ask all of you that very question.

What is the most valuable item you have ever found?
 
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eyemustdigtreasure

Silver Member
Mar 2, 2013
3,431
5,312
California
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Fisher Gold Bug Pro
Tesoro Cibola
Nokta Pointer; Phillips SHS5200 phones
Nokta Macro SIMPLEX
Primary Interest:
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Well, hard to say, since everything I finds are usually gets kept...!
However, I did return a lost wedding ring to the man who lost it....
And I think that my 1912-s V-Nickel is valued at above $175.00 at G-4 grade
from my 2015 Red Book... The Reverse is better shape. Not selling it.
That was the year of the Titanic Disaster...!
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BuckleBoy

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Jun 12, 2006
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Moonlight and Magnolias
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Fisher F75, Whites DualField PI, Fisher 1266-X and Tesoro Silver uMax
Primary Interest:
All Treasure Hunting
My most valuable find is a counterstamped planters bank 8 Reales which made the banner several years ago. It is unique due to an unobscured first issue stamp, and both counterstamps being on the same side. The closest example to it sold at auction for over $17,000.00

I dug a second one of those, more common one, and slightly plow bent, valued at $1500-2000

I have a rare Hall Walker and Walton hard times token (2 ever auctioned; 8-12 likely exist), which I wouldn’t know the value of unless I sold it—which I won’t do.

Last of all, my GW inaugural buttons. Dug a stunning one back in 2017, and got two more this very summer!
 

DocBeav

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Jul 8, 2012
1,697
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SE Va
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Minelab Equinox 800, Minelab CTX 3030 (17", 11", 6" coils), Minelab Excalibur 800, Minelab Excalibur 1000 (w/OBN's Remote Pinpoint mod and CTX headphone connector)
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All Treasure Hunting
Wow! That is a beauty!
 

Gare

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Dec 30, 2012
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Canton Ohio Area
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Presently using Deus's have Minelabs, Nokta's Tesoro's Have them all . Have WAY to many need to get rid of some
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This guy hired me to find a $6,000 engagement ring he dropped in the water. took about 3 hours but when he put me in the right place it came right out
 

Sandog

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Nov 27, 2017
618
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Treasure coast
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First, and only, 1715 artifact. It is an engraver's or jewelry maker's tool.
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No idea of the $ value, or even if it has any. It has a twin on display at McLarty Museum in Sebastion.
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Museum stated that of course the handle on the display was added on. In cross section of secretions on mine you can see the wood layer.

Most valuable find: My wife. She bought me my Legend! LOL
 

eyemustdigtreasure

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Never used a detector yet... hoping to change that soon.
But, without it...
My "most valuable find" was a $100.00 bill!
It was half covered in dirt, and I almost didn't see it.
I picked it up, and looked for the watermarks... so happy they were there!
8-)
Awesome!
I too found a hundred dollar bill at a mining claim although it isn’t my most valuable find, which is a 1912-S key date V nickel or diamond ring!
Eyeballing finds are “legal “ too…!
Keep looking down!!
 

smokeythecat

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Nov 22, 2012
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Maryland
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All Treasure Hunting
A 1774 British Gold Guinea I found after Hurricane Sandy on the Atlantic Beach where the "Faithful Steward" and "Three Brothers" ships sunk. The Faithful Steward sank in 1787 and the Three Brothers sank on the same spot in 1774. Both were carrying loads of coins, including gold to the colonies.
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Gare

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Canton Ohio Area
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Presently using Deus's have Minelabs, Nokta's Tesoro's Have them all . Have WAY to many need to get rid of some
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Very nice Smokey ;) CONGRATS 111
 

smokeythecat

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Nov 22, 2012
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Maryland
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Not being rich, I have sold a couple of the gold coins I found over the decades. My daughter was given one and one is STILL lost in this house!
 

Gare

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Dec 30, 2012
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I found a gold 5 dollar one 20 or so years back. These people were showing the coin to someone and lost it. They said they had it and there was some papers on there table. They had taken the papers out to be burnt. I found the coin maybe 5 to 10 feet from there burn barrel. They told me they took some papers out to be burnt. I think gold coins can turn up any place
 

dougachim

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Jan 30, 2013
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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Whites
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Probably somewhere in one of these piles. some found with a detector most found eyeballing the surface, some in old barns and houses, and a few tracking down the old collections I saw when I was a kid.
 

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RustyRelics

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This Confederate Staff Officers flat button. It was dug at an old house site beside a ford where Confederate Cavalry under J.E.B. Stuart crossed the Rappahannock on the way to the 2nd battle of Manassas. It is rumored the Stuart and his staff paid the owner of the home a visit. Perhaps this button came off of one of his staff officers coats? We'll never know.


I haven't asked around a lot, but the one guy I did ask said that he would buy it at $2,500 in its uncleaned, flattened and shankless condition (still haven't washed that Culpeper Dirt off), and more if someone professionally cleaned it. I'll never sell it. I doubt if I'll ever have it cleaned, but if I do, it'll be by an experienced professional.


I did a search on the net for examples of this button, and found one on Harry Ridgeways site for sale, and it was listed at $10,000 in non-dug condition.
 

Jack_Steave

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This guy hired me to find a $6,000 engagement ring he dropped in the water. took about 3 hours but when he put me in the right place it came right out
Glad, that the ring was found, or else it would be a great loss for him
 

Jorgeke

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Everybody is curious as to what the heck us "metal detectorists" are doing. Without fail THE #1 question that I am asked is, "What is the most valuable thing you have ever found?" So.....I thought it would be fun and interesting to ask all of you that very question.

What is the most valuable item you have ever found?
“Friends, most valuable for me “ 😎
 

1637

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May 26, 2011
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tujunga ca
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xlt mxt gmz and now a gmt whites
ive found a few cool coins and stuff over 45ish years, but i always loved these two things, just for the history and the stories they could tell,
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