Some of the best treasure ever found with a metal detector!
Detectorists from all over the world continue to find epic treasures, buried from humans for decades, sometimes even centuries - here's a handful of some of the greatest finds ever dug up by amateur hobbyists:
Derek Mclennans massive haul of over 100 items in Scotland back in 2014 was hailed as the countries most significant metal detecting find ever, consisting of a ninth century solid silver cross, a silver pot, lots of gold objects, an incredibly rare silver cup and more that dated back to the roman empire. He was awarded approximately $2.5 Million for the find and the haul now lives in the museum.
In July 2009 Terry Herbert was detecting some farmland close to his home in Staffordshire in the English countryside when he came ac cross a massive hoard of gold, enough to fill over 344 bags worth! This triggered a full archaeological expedition which lead to over 3500 significant pieces representing hundreds of complete and intact objects! The haul was dated to anglo-saxon times and was valued at a cool $5.3 million. The find has since been written about in the famous book: The Staffordshire Hoard: An anglo-Saxon Treasure.
Mike Demar was diving off the coast in key west back in 2008, he presumed he was clearing more trash off the floor but when he removed the sediment he discovered nearly a pound of gold in the form of an old chalice, approximately 385 years old which came from an old Spanish ship - the Santa Margarita which sank back in 1622, The gold was valued at a whopping $1 Million!
There are so many stories like this scattered through our hobbies history, next time you see that detectorists scouring the beach, or gearing up in the parking lot read to hit an old park or church, think of the treasure they could be about to unearth! If you are interested in learning more or getting started with metal detecting, please checkout our huge selection of metal detectors to suite any budget and feel free to contact us if you ever have any questions! Happy hunting from everyone at BBH!