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  1. Metal detectorist discovers medieval wedding ring worth an estimated $47,000 "Every metal detectorist dreams of unearthing something valuable. For one man the English countryside yielded an incredible find when he stumbled upon a medieval diamond wedding ring in "almost perfect condition" near Thorncombe, in the South West of the country. Now the item is expected to fetch between £30,000 and £40,000 ($35,500 and $47,300) when it goes on auction later this month." Story Here Auction Site Inscription in Medieval French reading: ‘ieo vos * tien * foi * tenes * le moy’ translating ‘As I hold your faith, hold mine’ Photo credit: Noonans
  2. Here is a story of a guy using his Nox finding a $40,000 Diamond ring at a beach in Florida. https://www.independent.co.uk/tv/lifestyle/florida-ring-diamond-metal-detector-b2228985.html A metal detector discovered a $40,000 (£33,646) diamond ring while combing a beach in Florida on October 10, before returning it safely to its owner. Joseph Cook, 37, was on Hammock Beach in St Johns County when his metal detector picked up the huge jewel. Following the discovery, he called local jewellery stores in search of its owner, before receiving a call from a couple from Jacksonville who had lost a ring. “Karma’s always good, every time I return an item, I find something better, so I’m happy I could give it back,” Cook said.
  3. A Queensland man has made a fortuitous find after spotting a glittering rock that turned out to be a precious gem "the size of a small child's fist". In video uploaded to TikTok, Matt Betteridge can be heard exclaiming "Holy Dooley" when he releases the large gem from the earth. He declares it to be a "monster" 834 carat sapphire. Speaking to 9news.com.au, Betteridge said the find left him in absolute shock. The 'monster' sapphire was spotted glinting in the ground. (TikTok: @betteridge_sapphires) "We are usually looking for sapphire the size of a fingernail and to find one this size is unreal," he said, revealing the gem has an estimated worth of about $12,500. "My reaction was disbelief and (we're) absolutely stoked. "For now we will keep it as a specimen until we decide to sell it - or (get) an offer we can't refuse." Betteridge uncovered the gem in Rubyvale, near Emerald, which is one of the world's largest sapphire-bearing areas. He said the heavy rain that's been bearing down on the east coast over the past few months have made the sapphires easier to find. Days before he uncovered the 834 carat rock, he made another impressive discovery; a 359 carat sapphire. At the time that was the biggest sapphire he had found, but little did he know the record would be broken days later. Days earlier Matt Betteridge found a 359 carat sapphire at Rubyvale. (TikTok: @betteridge_sapphires@) Betteridge revealed what prospective prospectors should look out for should they be tempted to try their luck on Queensland's gemfields. "They just shine like a bit of broken glass," he said. "Look for your darker stones ... they sort of stand out. "You do get an eye for them eventually." Original Story: https://www.9news.com.au/national/queensland-news-834-carat-sapphire-turns-out-to-be-rare-gem-size-worth-12500/e143e7c1-dffe-47b7-ae4a-e310ba93a99d Another Story on it: https://www.news.com.au/national/queensland/news/aussie-specker-finds-massive-gemstone-on-evening-walk/news-story/92edc67e034191a7d67300d1ddbafbf6
  4. This nugget was discovered 150 years ago! Flashback 1872: The Holtermann nugget and its fascinating connection to North Sydney. - Mosman Collective
  5. Perth Mint buys King Henry, world's largest-known gold specimen, for $3m - ABC News
  6. https://www.msn.com/en-gb/money/other/yorkshire-couple-find-250k-gold-hoard-under-their-kitchen-floor/ar-AA11jnpz?ocid=msedgntp&cvid=630fbd00202844ecac857b7ab90f3cfd
  7. Here's a rock one of my customer found. Just imagine how many more are still out there. If this one was, then maybe it had a bigger brother.
  8. Beautiful find by a beginner using a Nox!… https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0cjd7kw/the-ancient-golden-treasure-rewriting-danish-history?utm_source=taboola&utm_medium=exchange&tblci=GiC-DRm48aCkNrIsMxJn8v9xJGruDGCFPOIZV7cb_pPIeyCMjFQou5C_u_3lztH-AQ#tblciGiC-DRm48aCkNrIsMxJn8v9xJGruDGCFPOIZV7cb_pPIeyCMjFQou5C_u_3lztH-AQ
  9. https://www.instagram.com/reel/CfsJbj9DtOE/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y= 😜
  10. These are my 3 treasure finds I had in less than two years a 1500bc bronze age hoard , 1250/1360 medieval coin hoard and a 1450/1550 silver religious devotional heart pendant
  11. I had a bit of a hiatus from the forum, it wasn't long before I departed I did a post about which coil to use on my GPX to look for of all things, a train 🙂 That's right, I was going to use my metal detector to find a train! Well, in the end the trains were found and so far one recovered, I thought I'd put this video up for those interested in a bit of train history. A bit of a funny story, for train lovers its a big deal, unfortunately I'm not a train lover but I do appreciate what they were trying to achieve and they did achieve it. I'm sure given enough time and a big enough coil I could have found it with my GPX! These guys found it using historical information and a dirty great big digger. There is more of them, you never know what I'll dig up with my Nox, CTX and my shovel.
  12. I don't know if anyone has seen this this or not, but I believe it speaks well of the MD community and tends to offer some insight and enlightenment on a variety of interesting subjects. "In 1540 Spanish Conquistador Don Francisco Vasquez de Coronado arrived (in what is now NM) from Mexico in search of the fabled Cibola, or Seven Cities of Gold. He claimed the area as the “Kingdom of New Mexico,” a part of the larger empire known as New Spain" Coronado also wandered through the Panhandle area of Texas and into Kansas searching for the mythical land of Quivira, also (reportedly), a city of gold" "Coronado’s exact route has long been a matter of debate (and dispute) among Historians and Archaeologist Experts" The following summary taken from news articles, describes the discovery and pinpointing of the exact location of a Coronado campsite in Texas by a metal detector hobbyist and "establishes that the previous estimations of Coronado's route of travel, was off by about 100 miles or more! "A campsite of Francisco Vazquez de Coronado, the first European explorer to wander through West Texas, has been located south of Floydada, Texas in Blanco Canyon. (N/E of Lubbock) An archaeological dig under the direction of Dr. Donald Blakeslee, Professor of Anthropology at Wichita State University in Kansas, is in progress. Dr. Blakeslee believes the site, located on privately owned property, is where Coronado camped for 2 weeks in 1541 before leading a small detachment in search of Quivira, in northeast Kansas" "An encampment of 300 soldiers, 1,500 Indians and servants, 1,000 horses and thousands of other animals should have left a lot of detritus in two weeks" Dr. Blakeslee reminds us, though, that the Indian trail through the canyon has seen use for 11,000 years. His own dig has found metallic items linked to Indians, Comancheros, Ranald Mackenzie’s army, and pioneer settlers. Thus, a Spanish chainmail gauntlet plowed up in the 1960s in a Floyd County pasture, though persuasive, is not definitive proof of Coronado’s presence; other expeditions could have passed through the region. However, Dr. Blakeslee states that certain finds are uniquely indicative of the Coronado expedition. The most important are metal points from crossbow bolts. Coronado’s campaign is the only one known to have carried crossbows. The site in Blanco Canyon is called the Jimmy Owens site, to honor the Floydada municipal employee who discovered the site and spent much of his spare time exploring it with a metal detector. Of the 40 bolt points that have been recovered, Owens found most of them in only one afternoon, and many of those were found near the surface. Dr. Blakeslee had given a talk in the Panhandle region, stressing the search for Coronado and the idea that crossbow bolt points might be found. Jimmie Owens in Floydada, influenced by the talk, began his metal detector forays into Blanco Canyon and began turning up unusual copper and iron points. Owens, an avid metal-detector buff who first reported the metal points, described the canyon in his laconic style: "It's like Forrest Gump's box of chocolates down there. You never know what you're going to get." Owens came forward with his points and Dr. Blakeslee confirmed that the points fit the general pattern of those from a confirmed Coronado encampment in Albuquerque. Unlike many collectors, Owens had the courage to come forward and show his material to archaeologists, which led to the recognition of the site. Owens died a few years after the discovery, but was hailed as the key player, a metal-detector buff credited with being the first person to have located evidence, (crossbow points) resulting in positive confirmation of an additional Coronado camp site, and significantly altering the previously accepted Coronado exploration route. As a result, the site was was named for him. At the beginning of the dig, the archaeologists were being informed that the crossbow points had been coming from about 10 inches down in the soil. In other words, If there was a site there, it was buried under sediment that had accumulated on the canyon floor. The problem was, NO artifacts were being found by the so called experts, the archaeologists! “Astonishingly, the metal artifacts were only being found by the talented metal detector buffs (Owens and fellow Artiste)’’ At lunch, the concerned archaeologists pointed out that not a single archaeologist had witnessed a cross bow bolt head come out of the ground. Could the whole thing be a fraud? About that time Jimmy Owens came by with his metal detector, and went over an area where he had found a concentration of metal objects from various periods, and while we were standing there, he detected and dug up an iron awl of a type made in Europe and traded in the area, probably in the early 1800s. No doubt, there was a native village site in the canyon, and it clearly seemed to have been a gathering spot in ancient times. And, after another day or so, all suspicion was removed when the metal detector artistes starting turning up a few more copper crossbow bolt heads in the presence of the archaeologists. The experts were forced to admit that "Artiste" was no exaggeration. Amidst the many signals of ranch debris in the valley, Jimmy Owens could guess with accuracy whether he had a bolt head, whether it was copper or iron, and how far down it was! All of the recovered artifacts have been donated to the Floyd County Historical Museum. Date(s) of discovery 1993-1995.
  13. This was just shared with me so I can not confirm if the actual date and state are correct. All I know at this time, it was found in 2021 with a Minelab in Arizona. The weight is 61.5 ounces and I've been told it is not for sale. I'm quite sure this big daddy would choke me out if I tried the Gerry Mouth Pic. I would be happy as heck to choke on it all the way to my grave. What's interesting is the mostly solid state of this mammoth rock. Wonder when it will hit the news and be on every channel. Even though it's not for sale, there will be crazy price offers and sooner or later it will sell. What would you pay? If it's a genuine AZ nugget, I'll start off with $75,000 and a free GPZ-7000.
  14. Hey wassup guys! Hope y'all doing great! So today i went back to that area where i pulled 3 gold coins from the 18th Century... But this time i took my bro with me (it was his birthday few days ago, so i thought that a gold coin would be a nice gift), when we arrived to the place, his first signal was a massive gold coin (86 ID)!!! 🤣 I've found 4 little ones! 👊😁 I've recorded some live videos and managed to get one during the live ( i had found a gold coin and I still had a signal inside the hole) it was like 12 - 13" deep!!!! 🤯 WHAT A DAY!!!
  15. so i started metal detecting back in 2020 summer with nokta pulsedive back than i didnt know anything about that machine anyway i started metal detecting wawing the machine left and right for almost 1 month i did not find any gold or valuable than dang one signal came through and i found this beauty i was having a hearth attack nearly drowned underwater while looking at it.. it's a 14K custom made wedding band which says the both bride and groom's name side by side weighted 13.94 Grams after that i found many gold but not like this not yet anyway 🙂
  16. https://metaldetectingforum.com/showthread.php?p=3360836#post3360836
  17. “An amateur metal detectorist who discovered what is thought to be one of England's first gold coins could soon see a payday of nearly half a million dollars. The "Henry III gold penny," which was unearthed on farmland in Devon, in the country's southwest, was minted in about 1257 and depicts the former English king sitting on an ornate throne, holding an orb and scepter. It is one of only eight such coins known to exist, many of which are in museums.” Rest of the story here
  18. A hiker has found a pair of wedding rings with the likely source being US tourists that came to Nz to be married or engaged. It's quite possible they're old as they've been buried in ice for some time. It would be great if he could track down the owners however unlikely that maybe Here is the full story https://www.nzherald.co.nz/travel/discovery-in-tongariro-park-sparks-search-for-rings-owners/QKA7OT4J2LB4GWDM62IFNQR36Y/?fbclid=IwAR1i8V604dXI1iYFAhJ2OuqLaSJGAKCrJNw-21oVjkKMmLv_sTJPaXQxP5k
  19. Pics are of 4 different 1 pound rocks with gold throughout. I guess technically they could be classified as Specimens if you must. Anyway, What's so interesting is, the 4 different rocks of gold were all recovered with 4 different detectors. Another interesting aspect is, the fact that these 4 different nuggets from 4 different detectors were found in 4 different states (AK, OR, ID, NV). Now for the most intriguing bit of information about the 4, all found with VLF detectors. That's part of the reason I still recommend gold nugget hunters to make sure they always have a VLF detector to compliment their big dog super deep power monster PI or ZED. If you are going to travel and detect a variety of terrains and areas of gold you need to have more than 1 tool. Sometimes DEPTH from a big powerful detector is not desired and in fact can be your worst enemy. The average person can only dig so many 2 feet deep hold and just a couple 3 footers and you are exhausted. I've done it myself and witnessed many other do the same. In old minded areas trash is usually abundant and a powerful DEEP detector can be your enemy. So what's one of my secrets to the success I have had finding big gold? DISCRIMINATION Yes that nasty phrase (don't use discrimination) so many people tell you "Dig it all" and I laugh all the way to the bank. So many old mining areas still produce big gold, but the specimens are mixed in with 100 yr old miners trash and a good way to help select the fewer targets I want to pursue. Don't get me wrong in that I don't like my GPX-6000 and GPZ-7000, as I do and have found many nuggets with them. But those tools have different features I use and like in situations that the VLF detectors are not so well designed. Just imagine the day we have get the feel of an ergonomically designed GPX-6000 with GPZ-7000 depth capabilities, the size imaging from a Garrett GTI, colored frequency analyzation of the V3i, discrimination with adjustable iron masking of the Equinox and waterproofing of the Deus II. Now that detector could be the ultimate and probably cost at least $2000 if made by an American company. We won't even try to figure what Minelab would charge? Now I know there are other aspects of finding big gold and so I'm asking those others who have had the rare pleasure of digging such big pieces to chime in and give info. The moral of the story is know your tools and their strong/weak points and take advantage of them.
  20. Amazing find! You have to do google translate, it is in Danish https://www.dr.dk/nyheder/regionale/midtvest/1000-aar-gammel-egyptisk-oerering-fundet-paa-jysk-mark-undrer-og
  21. It happened last year with Craig Douglas (NuggetHunterNZ on DP Forum) finding a 177 Gram gold nugget and now it's happened again, these guys have now found a 121 gram nugget in a creek similar to how Craig found his this time using a GPX 4500 or 5000, not sure which one. And the video of it, these guys make a heap of good videos usually of them dredging but this time it was detecting when they found it. The video has a fair few gold finds on it, Perhaps I need to start looking in creeks more often 🙂
  22. Some interesting stories here. One of note; a policeman received a 16-month sentence for trying to sell 10 coins from the area where the horde was recovered: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-59151380
  23. Found this article from 2018, I missed it at the time so others may have too, pretty interesting, Looks an easy find for a metal detector but I'd imagine most would dismiss it as junk and move on without digging. Workers found large number of ancient coins at a construction site in Baishui county of Weinan, Northwest China's Shaanxi province, on Nov 9, and archaeologists said most coins belong to Song Dynasty (960-1279). Zhao Zhangfeng, director of Baishui cultural relics office, said that police received the report of the discovery around 11 am on Nov 9, and police soon arrived at the site and cordoned it off. Archaeologists later arrived at the site and collected about 100,000 coins, weighing 460 kilograms. A few coins date back to Tang Dynasty (618-907), and most are of Song Dynasty. Zhao said that few people could have so many coins at that time, and initial analysis showed that the coins belong to the old-style Chinese private bank that buried the coins during wars. Continue reading here: https://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201811/13/WS5bea3daca310eff30328853b_1.html
  24. Never even knew we had diamonds like that here in the states. https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2021/09/30/Crater-of-Diamonds-State-Park-Noreen-Wredberg-yellow-diamond/6331633032710/
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