Fascinating treasures were found with the help of a metal detector

You may have seen a person walking with a metal detector on a lonely beach wondering what that guy is up to. These ‘detectorist’ just needs a stroke of luck to find a long-hidden treasure worth a million. Here is a list of some of such great metal detector finds.

Loving Cup

Retired electrician Cliff Bradshaw had hobbies of amateur archeology and metal detecting, and in 2001 in the English County of Kent, he found the Ringlemere Gold Cup, a Bronze Age vessel. Later, the British Museum bought the artifact dating 1700 to 1500 BC for $520,000 which was split by the family owning the farm and Bradshaw.

 The Prodigious Stockpile

In 2009, metal detector enthusiast Terry Herbert came across an artifact while detecting in farmland near his home in Staffordshire in the English countryside. He wanted to find more and over the next 5 days found so much gold that it took 244 bags to collect it. The cache of gold and silver objects was from the Anglo-Saxon times which was the most important eras and was valued at $5.3 million.

 The Boot of Cortez

In 1989, in Senora, Mexico a detectorist went to the desert and came back with the gold nugget weighing 26.6 pounds. This was the largest nugget to be ever excavated in the entire Western Hemisphere. Termed as the Boot of Cortez, in 2008 it was auctioned for a staggering $1,553,500!

 The Golden Chalice

Treasure hunter Mike DeMar in 2008 while driving the Key West found a 385-year-old Gold Chalice from Santa Margarita. This Spanish ship sank in 1622 and had many treasures on board. For this valuable discovery, Mike was awarded one million dollars as many believe the Golden Chalice to be one of the most valuable pieces of treasure ever found dating 1600s.

 Iron Age Gold Necklaces

In 2009, a Scotsman unearthed four gold necklaces from the Iron Age; this is considered as one of the most striking discoveries made by a detecting enthusiast. Surprisingly the necklaces were in perfect condition and the thickness of the gold wire was equal to the thickness of the finger. The necklaces were valued at over $2 million.

A two-pound meteor

The 13-year-old Jason Lyons while exploring using his grandfather’s cheap metal detector found this space rock in New Mexico. This nickel-iron meteor was found to be over 10,000 years old. The rock was titled ‘Rio Rancho’ meteorite based on its location.

So, if you are aspiring to be a detectorist, it’s worthwhile to give it a shot.

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