Most AMAZING Discoveries With A Metal Detector!

From real pirate treasure to priceless archaeological
artifacts, here are 10 of the coolest things found with a metal detector! 10. Roman Coins Detectorists spend most of their time searching
fields and coming up empty, but occasionally they’ll find something that makes it all
worthwhile. This is what happened to Dave Crisp, a hospital
administrator. In 2010, he made an amazing discovery in a
field near Frome, in the county of Somerset in England. Expecting to find the usual discarded metal
objects, he started digging on a spot where his detector had signalled a strong reading,
and to his surprise, he uncovered a large pot that contained a hoard of Roman coins. In total there were over 52,000 of them! 766 bore an image of Marcus Aurelius Carausius,
who ruled over Britain between 286 and 293 AD. As the first leader to strike coins in the
country, this was a particularly important find- one that was valued at over 1 million
dollars. The coins were sent to the British museum
where they were cleaned by archaeologists and put on display. 9. The Mojave Nugget While you may think that the gold in the California
hills is long gone, this story shows that it’s still out there for those who look
hard enough. In 1977, Ty Paulsen was using his metal detector
in the Mojave Desert in Southern California when he discovered something people always
dream of- a huge golden nugget. It turned out to be one of the largest ever
found by a metal detector in the US, and weighed a massive 4.5 kg! Known as the Mojave Nugget, it was worth a
whopping $200,000, and can now be seen on display at the Natural History Museum of Los
Angeles. Unsurprisingly, Paulsen has never revealed
the exact location where found the nugget, but it’s thought to have been from the Stringer
Mining District- an area that has been linked with large quantities of gold discovery over
the years. Who knows, if you get out searching you might
make the next big discovery there yourself! And now for number 8, but first be sure to
subscribe and click the bell to join our notification squad! 8. Bullet in Dallas, Texas It’s not just valuable treasure in monetary
terms that can be found with a metal detector, as Richard H. Lester discovered in 1974. He was in Dallas, Texas, searching for hits
on Dealey Plaza when he found a bullet fragment. Now, this may not seem too out of the ordinary
in the US, but this location just so happened to be about 500 yards away from the Texas
School Book Depository, the location thought to have been used by Lee Harvey Oswald when
he shot JFK. Lester kept the fragment for a number of years,
but he handed it over to the FBI in 1976 as a part of ongoing investigations . They conducted
tests on it, which they published the following year, and while the bullet had the same 4
grooves and right hand twist pattern as Oswald’s Mannlicher-Carcano, the lands were spaced
further apart than they should have been- meaning it was unlikely from his gun. No-one suggested at the time that it could
have been from a second gunman, but from a day out with his metal detector, Lester found
himself in the middle of the greatest conspiracy ever. 7. Spanish Gold Chalice You don’t have to be an expert to make an
amazing find, all you need is commitment and hard work. Mike DeMar took a job as a diver with a treasure
hunting firm when he was 20 years old. Sounds like a great job! They were searching the Florida Keys for treasure
from a sunken Spanish ship, the Santa Margarita, that had sunk over 400 years ago. The efforts of the company, Blue Water Ventures,
had been on-going since 1980, and they had just begun looking at a new site. Within a couple of months of working there,
DeMar was underwater and his metal detector pinged. He dug a bit with his hands and found what
initially seemed like a piece of rock, but on closer inspection turned out to be a Golden
Chalice. The ornate object, thought to be from around
the time of the ship, at least 400 years old, was subsequently valued at over $1 million
dollars- more than enough to warrant the rest of the day off and a toast of champagne with
his new colleagues. The ship had sunk in a storm that scattered
the debris in one direction, but another storm hit and scattered it all across the seabed. Following this discovery, Blue Water Ventures
were confident that they’d make further finds- although as of yet they haven’t announced
anything quite like the chalice. 6. Iron Age Gold Necklaces In 2009, David Booth was using his metal detector
in a field for the first time, having only just got it to try out his new hobby and tested
it on knives in his kitchen. Yet, 9 paces from where he parked his car,
he made one of the most famous finds in Scottish history. Struggling to believe his fortune, he scraped
away the soil where his detector had indicated to reveal four gold necklaces known as ‘torcs’. They were dated to 300 BC, and were such an
important find that historians have reexamined the ways they look at human society from the
time. The intricate designs are, in some areas,
as wide as a finger- and were valued at more than 1 million pounds- about 1.3 million dollars. Unfortunately for Booth, the law in Scotland
states that treasure hordes belong to the Crown, rather than the finder or the landowner,
so after his moment of fame for his discovery, the necklaces were passed on to a national
museum for further study and to be put on display. 5. Pirate Treasure Edward Rowe Snow was a historian, author and
keen detectorist. In 1947 he bought what he believed was a treasure
map that belonged to the pirate Edward Low. It was a simple image sketched on a scrap
of paper, but had the words “Island Haute” written on it. Snow deduced that this meant the map led to
Isle Haute, a small island off the coast of Nova Scotia in the Bay of Fundy. In 1952 he set sail to investigate the locations
marked on the map and, staying with the lighthouse keeper, began to search the area with his
metal detector. On the first day he found a large iron spike
and what appeared to be broken rib bones of a human, so he continued to see what else
he could find. The second day after digging in a different
area, he discovered eight blackened discs in the soil which, turned out to be Spanish
and Portuguese coins made from gold and silver. It’s possibly the only known time that a
pirate treasure map has actually led to the discovery of any treasure. Some think that there’s more on the island
that’s still to be found. 4. Crosby Garrett Helmet In 2010, an Irish detectorist made an incredibly
rare find when he was exploring the fields near Crosby Garrett, in the county of Cumbria
in England. The anonymous searcher had been looking at
the fields for the previous 2 years but had only found Roman coins and other small artefacts
up until that point. Well, that’s not bad either! That all changed in May of that year when
he unearthed a Roman cavalry helmet, thought to be from the late 2nd or early 3rd century
AD. Further research in the area found that the
site had been a Roman settlement, and evidence of earthworks and a Roman road were found. The helmet was found in 67 different pieces
that were put back together before going up for auction in October, 2010. The initial estimate was immediately exceeded
and, in the end it sold to an anonymous bidder for $3.7 million- pretty good for an afternoon’s
work! 3. The Hand of Faith The Golden Triangle in Australia is a region
that connects three towns in the state of Victoria, and has been the site of a great
deal of gold in the past few centuries. It’s also the site of the discovery of the
largest golden nugget still in existence today, and the largest one ever found with a metal
detector. The largest ever found was 3 times the size
of this but was melted down. Known as the Hand of Faith, this peculiar
shaped object was unearthed by Kevin Hillier in the Spring of 1980, on his first outing
with his new machine near the town of Wedderburn. At first his metal detector was giving off
such strange readings that he thought it was a glitch and wasn’t going to dig, but he
changed his mind at the last minute. Good thing too because he found the nugget
resting vertically, about 12 inches beneath the surface! The Hand of Faith weighs just under 25 kg,
and was sold to the Golden Nugget Casino chain for slightly over $1 million- where it can
be seen proudly on display at their casino and hotel in Biloxi, Missouri. If you are super interested in seeing it,
make sure you check their website because it changes location every now and then. 2. A Meteorite In 2012, Jason Lyons finally fulfilled a dream
of his. Obsessed with meteorites, he began a mission
to find one of his own. He was so determined to find one that he enlisted
the help of his grandfather who built him a homemade metal detector. After years of searching, and thousands of
uninteresting finds, he found his first piece of space rock, and the first one ever known
to be found in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. The 2 pound meteorite had fallen to earth
about 10,000 years ago, and is described as an “L6 ordinary chondrite” – the most
common type of meteorite to hit the earth’s surface. Upon confirmation by the local university
that this was, in fact, a meteorite, Lyons was so excited he ran around the house screaming. It was a testament to his hard work, and proof
that if you do enough research and put in the effort, you can find pretty much anything
you are looking for. 1. 50,000 Celtic Coins This is one of the most valuable things anyone
has ever found. Reg Mead and Richard Miles had been searching
a farmland on the British island of Jersey for 30 years, knowing it to previously be
the site of a Celtic settlement. In 2012, while searching underneath a hedge,
the detectors went off and, they began to dig. They found something truly astonishing. In a mound of clay 3 feet below the surface
they found a stash of over 50,000 silver coins- all of which were dated back to 25 BC. On one side of the coins was an image of a
horse, and on the other side was a depiction of the Greek god Apollo. It’s believed the trove was hidden on the
island by the Coriosolitae tribe, from Brittany in France, to hide it from approaching Roman
legions. Archaeologists were called in to help recover
all of the coins, and in total they were valued at over 10 million pounds- the equivalent
of about 13 million dollars at today’s exchange rates. The coins were taken to a local heritage center
to determine who was the rightful owner. Since the pair were responsible for finding
them, the detectorists were in line for a significant prize and will go down in history
books for their find. Thanks for watching? Have you ever found anything with a metal
detector? Let us know in the comments below! Be sure to subscribe and see you soon! Bye!!


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