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 Metal Detecting Finds

  1. Staffordshire Hoard ---  Metal detecting hobbyist Derek McLennan stands to make a fortune after the treasure trove of 10th-century Viking artifacts he discovered in a field in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland in 2014 was valued at $2.6 million (£2m). National Museums Scotland is in the process of acquiring the hoard.

      Santa Margarita Gold Chalice --  Diver Mike DeMar thought he'd come across a discarded beer can when his metal detector beeped during a dive off Florida's Key West in September 2008. Amazingly, he'd discovered a gold chalice that was lost in the Santa Margarita shipwreck of 1622, worth upwards of $1.3 million

      Hand Of Faith Gold Nugget --  The largest gold nugget ever found using a metal detector, the 960-ounce Hand of Faith was discovered by Kevin Hillier near Kingower, Australia back in September 1980. The $1.1 million (£837k) find was later sold to the Golden Nugget casino in Las Vegas, where it remains on display to the general public.

        The Hoxne Hoard ---  The largest stash of late Roman gold and silver discovered in Britain, the Hoxne Hoard was found by metal detecting whiz Eric Lawes back in November 1992 buried in farmland near Hoxne, England. Valued at $2.3 million at the time, the find is worth $4.3 million in today's money.

      The Sroda Treasure --   Back in 1985, an old building in the town of Sroda  Śląska was being demolished ahead of renovation works when a vase was found beneath the foundation. Inside were more than 3000 silver coins, dating back to the 14th century.
       A couple of years later, when another building nearby was knocked down, even more, artifacts were uncovered, including lots more gold and silver coins and an array of jewelry, including a gold crown and a ring bearing the head of a dragon.
      Although there’s clearly a lot of treasure there, experts have struggled to put an exact value on it, because nothing else quite like it really exists.

Scuba divers exploring the seabed near the harbor of Caesarea National Park, Israel, thought they’d stumbled across a child’s toy when they found the first gold coin. But when they saw how many coins there were, and looked more closely at the engravings on them, they realized they’d found something pretty significant.
They reported their find to the Israel Antiquities Authority and returned with metal detectors to search the area more thoroughly. In the end, nearly 2000 coins were recovered—the coins were of several different denominations and had been minted at different times, sometime between the 10th and 12th centuries. (You can see a closer view of the coins in the top image.)
And so far, no one’s attached an exact value on the find, except to say that it’s so valuable, it’s essentially priceless.

Metal Detecting Laws
         American Antiquities Act of 1906

16 USC 431-433 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That any person who shall appropriate, excavate, injure, or destroy any historic or prehistoric ruin or monument, or any object of antiquity, situated on lands owned or controlled by the Government of the United States, without the permission of the Secretary of the Department of the Government having jurisdiction over the lands on which said antiquities are situated, shall, upon conviction, be fined in a sum of not more than five hundred dollars or be imprisoned for a period of not more than ninety days, or shall suffer both fine and imprisonment, in the discretion of the court.

Sec. 2. That the President of the United States is hereby authorized, in his discretion, to declare by public proclamation historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, and other objects of historic or scientific interest that are situated upon the lands owned or controlled by the Government of the United States to be national monuments, and may reserve as a part thereof parcels of land, the limits of which in all cases shall be confined to the smallest area compatible with proper care and management of the objects to be protected: Provided, That when such objects are situated upon a tract covered by a bona-fied unperfected claim or held in private ownership, the tract, or so much thereof as may be necessary for the proper care and management of the object, may be relinquished to the Government, and the Secretary of the Interior is hereby authorized to accept the relinquishment of such tracts in behalf of the Government of the United States.

Sec. 3. That permits for the examination of ruins, the excavation of archaeological sites and the gathering of objects of antiquity upon the lands under their respective jurisdictions may be granted by the Secretaries of the Interior, Agriculture, and War to institutions which the may deem properly qualified to conduct such examination, excavation, or gathering, subject to such rules and regulation as they may prescribe: Provided, That the examinations, excavations, and gatherings are undertaken for the benefit of reputable museums, universities, colleges, or other recognized scientific or educational institutions, with a view to increasing the knowledge of such objects, and that the gatherings shall be made for permanent preservation in public museums.

Sec. 4. That the Secretaries of the Departments aforesaid shall make and publish from time to time uniform rules and regulations for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this Act. Approved, June 8, 1906

Stories of lost gold mines.


Lost Dutchman Mine -- Located in the Superstition Mountains, near Apache Junction, East of Phoenix, Az. This guy tells the story the best!


Lost Cement Mine -- is a legendary Gold Vein situated in eastern Sierra Nevada range of California. 

 Found in 1857 by two men who were separated from their group while crossing the Sierra. They traveled near the headwaters of the Owens River and found some hardened red igneous rock that may have had a large amount of gold in it. 

One of the men kept the ore but was dying of tuberculosis in 1860, so gave the ore to a Doctor Randall for payment, along with a rough location to find it. In miner's talk of the era, the red igneous rock was known as "cement", hence the name of the lost mine.

Doctor Randall and his assistant Gid Whiteman spent years looking for the ore in the pumice hills to the south and west of Deadman Summit. News of the search leaked out to the mining communities near Mono Lake. The news caused a frenzy searching. Mark Twain joined in the search, which was documented in his book Roughing It.

James Wright wrote several newspaper articles about the search in 1879. He speculated that the lost cement mine was found across the Sierra Crest, near Devils Postpile. Wright claimed that the lost cement was mined for a number of years in secret, and then the mining cabin was destroyed to prevent others from finding the ore.

Idaho ---

Wheelbarrow mine -- Located ten miles from Potlatch in Latah County around these coords  46.9975° N, 116.7833 °. The mine was believed to have been dug prior to 1890 and produced over 20,000 in Gold. One of the operators later returned to the area to find the mine again but was unsuccessful.

Lost Gold Ledge

A prospector named John Falconer was working in Danville during the summer of 1912. That summer a huge electrical storm passed through the area and ignited a tree on the hillside to the southeast of town. Falconer got on his horse and rode toward the distant fire in order to put it out. Along the way, it began to rain and his horse threw a shoe on a rock in the middle of the trail. By the time Falconer reached the fire the rain had put it out. As Falconer made his way home he stumbled upon the rock he initially found. He took the rock home and figured it was full of "pyrites". A few months later Falconer realized the rock was full of gold and not pyrite. The gold slab was worth over $1,000.00 and weighed 50 troy ounces of gold at $20.67 an ounce. Old-timers in Danville have called the slab "the golden plate". It is believed the gold slab was part of a gold ledge. Falconer and his wife searched for the original location where the rock came from but was unable to find it. Many have searched for Danville's gold ledge in the hills southeast of the city. It is believed more gold waits to be discovered where the gold slab was found. No one has found the gold ledge.

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Are you looking to start metal detecting?
Besides DiggerZone here are some great resources to get you started!

1. Western & Eastern Treasures Magazine
2. American Digger Magazine
3. Lost Treasure Magazine

Read as much as you can! 
Buy a Metal detector 
Practice with pocket change and memorize the sounds.
The first time out should be a park or something that has plenty of coins on the ground.
Always ask permission before you metal detect private property!
Take your garbage with you! 



Bill hester diggerzone
About Me
I have 24 years experience in all things treasure. My favorite type of metal detecting is "Relic Hunting", but I enjoy all other types of treasure hunting as well.  Over the past 24 years, I have at least a decade of field experience and years of research to my credit. I have found gold and silver in the form of coins and jewelry, and have found countless relics, civil war era buttons, bullets,  Arrowheads and more. Research is key! Here at Diggerzone.com, I will put all of my experience to work for you! Happy Hunting fellow diggers.

                                                            Bill Hester