What Are The Most Prolific Finds Using A Metal Detector?

It is easy to dismiss the abilities of a metal detector because its appearance may not be quite appealing on the face value. That is why we thought it’d be nice to take you on a journey down memory lane to show you some of the most prolific finds that were discovered using metal detectors.

History is decorated with interesting and exciting stories of prospectors, metal detectorists, explorers and treasure hunters. Read on to find out what these enthusiasts discovered using metal detectors.

The Mojave Nugget

It is actually interesting that California’s largest gold nugget was discovered using a metal detector in the Mojave Desert. This happened back in 1997 when Ty Paulsen, a prospector in California bumped into a 156-ounce nugget of gold. This piece is now among the prolific displays in the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles and it is valued at a whopping $200,000.

The Milton Keynes Hoard

Back in 2000, two English treasure hunters Gordon Heritage and Michael Rutland discovered a $381,000 stash of gold torcs and bracelets in Milton Keynes. This is arguably one of the most valuable finds in England that now sits in the British Museum.

The Wickham Market Hoard

This is another England finding that was discovered using a metal detector by two metal detectorists, Keith Lewis and Michael Darke. It consisted of 840 Iron Age gold coins that were valued at a whopping $415,000. The Ipswich Museum bought this hoard for $104,000 from the two treasure hunters.

The Frome Hoard

The Frome Hoard was a discovery by Dave Crisp in April 2010 in Somerset, England that consisted of 52,503 coins of silver and bronze. The Frome Hoard was later purchased in 2011 by the Museum of Somerset at $420,000.

The Torc of Newark

The Newark torc was discovered using a metal detector in 2005 by Maurice Richardson in a land owned by Cambridge University. He sold it to the Newark Museum for $460,000 although some of the money was given to the landowner.

The Hoard of Winchester

Kevan Halls, a florist in Winchester came across a collection of Iron Age jewelry using a metal detector and sold it to the British Museum for $230,000. However, the original value of the jewelry was $460,000, which means Kevan Halls’ compensation was 50% the worth of the discovery but still was a substantial amount. 

David Booth’s Scottish Hoard

On his first treasure hunt, David Booth discovered a hoard of Iron Age gold torcs worth over $600,000 on a field in Scotland in 2009. This is one of the most valuable metal detector finds in the United Kingdom and it was acquired by the National Museums of Scotland at a price 50% the original value.

The Hand of Faith

This is the largest gold nugget to be discovered by a metal detector was the Hand of Faith, by an Australian detectorist Kevin Hillier. It weighed a whopping 960 ounces and was sold to Las Vegas’ Golden Nugget Casino for $1.1 million. 

Other prolific finds to ever been found using metal detectors include the Santa Margarita gold chalice, the boot of Cortez, the Lenborough Hoard  and the Hoxne hoard among others. The list is endless.

It is actually possible for one to become extremely rich from a discovery made using the metal detector. If history serves us right, most of the prolific finds using metal detectors were pretty valuable and life changing. Some of the discoveries were made by simple amateurs and rookies who had just gotten started with the treasure hunting exploits. It therefore doesn’t really matter who you are as long as you know how to use the metal detector. If luck is on your side, you could be the next big story. 

About the Author Harry Thompson

Gaining a BSc Honours in building/ property maintenance at the University of Portsmouth Harry went into the field of renovating properties. Along the journey, he has developed a wide variety of home & garden DIY skills such as installing new kitchens and landscaping gardens.