People Who Have Used Metal Detectors Share The Craziest Thing They Discovered.
Metal detectors are often used to find lost objects, or to explore vast beaches and land for treasure.
Below are some of the most amazing discoveries people have found while using a metal detector. Check them out!
1. My uncle isn't the brightest. We had a cabin by a stream, and he decided to buy a metal detector and see if he could find some gold. He picks up some rocks and scans over them. The detector goes off and he gets super excited. He does the same with multiple rocks, and now has a pile, assuming the rocks must have deposits. He'd been at it or an hour or two before he realized that he was holding the rocks with his left hand and scanning with his right. He was detecting the gold wedding band on his finger.
2. I went metal detecting with my Dad on an isolated island he used to play on as a kid 50 years ago. We found a hatchet head about 18" down that he lost as kid building a fort. Maybe not the coolest find for anyone else, but it was awesome to see my elderly father instantly transported to his childhood.
3. A pre-revolutionary war graveyard in my backyard in Connecticut.
Got a metal detector to locate nails in some 250 year old chestnut flooring I was refinishing in an old Colonial I bought. Took my 5 year old son out to the back yard to play with it. Found out I had 6 people buried in the back corner of my yard.
Lead lined wooden caskets show up really well. State came in, made all kinds of nasty noises about things and then just sort of disappeared. Turned out they were the original settlers in my town and no-one knew what to do about the graves so we all just pretended like they weren't there.
4. The year was 1996. I was 22 and just bought my first metal detector. I was at my girlfriends house and asked her mom if I could use it in the backyard. She says sure and then starts telling me about a precious ring her oldest daughter had lost in the backyard in 1979. It was a family heirloom and was missed very greatly. She pulls out home movies that were made the day it was lost. It was at a family reunion. Well I saw in the movie where the girl was mostly hanging out. I walked outside, turned on my detector and found the ring that had been lost for 17 years in about two minutes.
5. My grandparents moved to Maine almost 25 years ago from Kansas City, where my grandfather was a policeman. They metal detect on the beaches near their house in Maine almost every week, and four years ago they found, buried in the sand, a (Continued)
A ring. It was a police department ring, from my grandfather's division! It was engraved with the officer's last name, and belonged to one of his friends from the force, a man he hadn't spoken to in 20 years! My grandmother had his wife's phone number, so they called to tell them they'd found his ring.
It turned out their family had gone on vacation in Georgia almost 15 years before (5 years after my grandparents moved to Maine), and he had lost the ring while at the beach, and it turned up on a beach in Maine close to the one person in the whole state who knew him.
They've also found other rings, including a few high school class rings they've returned to their owners, but all of those came from Maine or its neighboring states.
6. I bought my son a kid's size one for his 6th birthday. I'm the one that uses it though. I feel pretty ridiculous walking around with it but I just can't help myself! My family can be little jerks when I get it out and constantly throw coins in the sand when detecting on a beach just to see me get excited. It's kinda scary how many rusty nails and razor blades I find on beaches. I've found a few rings but pretty sure they're just costume jewelry. Lots of coins too but mostly rusty nails. So many rusty nails.
7. A set of World War I medals, the ones that were given out after the war, belonging to a Lt. Rupert Frampton. Can't find anything about him on Google.
I keep them in the box with the two sets I have from my great grandfather and step great grandfather.
8. My friend Dean found a bicycle buried under the sand at a beach.
An entire bicycle. it needed cleaning, and a new tire, along with a new chain, but after that it was as good as new.
9. My uncle found an authentic Nazi officer's ring on the beaches of San Diego. Though in all honesty, the wild stories we came up with to explain how/why the ring ended up there is much cooler than the ring itself.
10. Found a platinum ring with a diamond in it once, it wasn't shiny, as it had been under the sand for a while, but still pretty.
I also have a large collection of old coins and artifacts.
My personal favourite is actually two items found in the same field, two (Continued)
My personal favourite is actually two items found in the same field, two World War II bullets, one from some sort of ground to air rifle, the other from a plane that shoots things on the ground. I'm not actually sure what weapons or planes they're from, I'm not very educated on World War II weaponry unfortunately.
11. My wedding ring:
-in the garden, under some tomato starts
-in the garden, mixed in with carrot seeds.
-in my friends back yard, near the hammock I drunkenly fell off of.
-in a massive leaf pile ( 6 foot tall by easily 12 foot in diameter.) at another friends house.
I need to get this thing resized.
12. My dog once ate one of my mother's sapphire earrings. My dad went out with the dog every morning and used my metal detector to 'find it.'
13. I know a man who grew up in Normandy in France right after World War II, as you can imagine there were a lot of unexploded bombs left. So one day, he was around 8 years old, he and some friends go metal detecting and found one. They took it home and played a bit with it. As you can imagine, BOOM! He still has pieces of this bomb in his chest nowadays and I think there was some lost fingers too.
Don't play with bombs kids. And fireworks too.
14. My girlfriend and I found a ring once on a children's playground area. It turned out to just be sterling silver, so nothing expensive. Never did find the owner.
But I like to think some kid got dumped and threw their ring away.
15. Found a lead coin in a field. Apparently back in the day, farm hands used to be paid in these lead coins that they cashed out at the end of the week for real coins.
This was to stop them from turning up to work drunk/hungover every morning.
16. This happened to my best friend. She lost her ring the day after she was proposed to at the beach in Los Angeles. She was crying and asked the lifeguard tower if there was anything they could do. They gave her a number to this metal detector guy named Harry. They said he was the best in town and not to call anyone else. So they give him a ring and he's there 20 minutes later with his metal detector. Old tan dude with long beach hair. Took him 5 minutes to find the ring. She offered to give him $200 cash. He said: (Continued)
She offered to give him $200 cash. He said no thank you. Their happiness was enough for him!
16. My father-in-laws gold wedding ring that he had lost almost 15 years before.
I had detected the crap out of the area that he told he had lost it in. Found literally dozens and dozens of pieces of junk over hours and hours of detecting and digging. Digging in clay. Sometimes digging deep. Every hit I get I pull something out. So my machine is working despite me being a rank noob.
In the end, I don't find it, so of course I get the disappointed look and comments about my machine not working very well, with the obvious implication in the air that I failed. Now, I'm kinda pissed at myself and frustrated already, so yeah, I feel like crap about it.
A year or two go by and I decide to detect the garden area to kill some time and mess around with my detector on a nice fall day. The garden area is well over 200 feet away from the spot he had pointed to initially, (their acreage is just under 8 acres), so I wasn't really looking for the ring. But you never know, eh?
So instead of doing a grid like you would when you seriously want to cover every inch of ground, because the garden is about 200 feet by about 50 feet and I was just pissing around, I just let my intuition lead me in a meandering route. I find a couple of pieces of junk and then I pull a gold-looking ring out of the ground. This is about 10 minutes into detecting.
I call my wife over and ask her if it's her dad's ring. Frankly it looked thinner and smaller than I expected. She calls her mom over and her mom almost starts crying. They call him over and he almost starts crying.
That day I was the hero. Very cool. For me anyways.
That's how you get addicted to metal detecting.
17. Coolest thing I found was a silver button weighing 2.1 gram from 1780's or so the history behind it is amazing. But let me tell you something my dad metal detects too and because of schoolwork I couldn't go with him for the day. The guy find a golden coin who was otherwise unknown. It is a coin so rare that it's strange, coin is from around 1560 if you know Dutch history you know that the 80 year war against the Spanish the coin was taxed with a some kind of staple this staple was also never used before. He sold it and got enough money to pay for my tuition.
18. My husband had to rent a metal detector when he lost his wedding band in the backyard. He was chopping/stacking logs and took off his gloves for something and it must have been flung out during that. Good news is that he found it almost right away in a pile of leaves.
19. My wife would most definitely say her wedding ring. While we were dating metal detecting was our hobby that we did together. Long story short I made a heart shaped plug (cut out piece of grass) and put her ring in it, then I made her come dig it up. She loved it and we've been happily married for two years now.
20. The remains of my neighbor's dad's pocket watch, dropped in the yard ~50 years ago. Beyond repair certainly, but recognizable and somewhat satisfying to my neighbor I hope.
Mostly I find old farmyard rubbish because of where we live, but I'm happy to get that out of the ground too. Old leaf springs and axles, an axe head, a jalopy-type hood. Sometimes the hit coincides with the old midden pile, where you'll find bottles and crockery and china as well.
Found a 1915 Barber quarter at the inlaws, too.
21. When we were in high school, my buddy and I were metal detecting around his dad's yard. Found a door to a small fallout shelter that the original owners of the house had built out of paranoia. Still stocked with several weeks worth of canned food, tools, medical supplies, and a radio.
22. At the beach, my brother and I found a monogrammed Sterling sliver money clip stuffed with $20's and five $100's.
Fortunately, it was buried in the sand far enough away from the ocean that the paper bills were still intact. We looked around, but the area where we discovered it was deserted.
23. Unlike most, my metal detector is used to check you in to the Emergency Room. One time, this fellow kept making the detector go off, near his abdomen. I wasn't satisfied so I used our handheld metal-detector-wand. Turns out his pocket knife had fallen into a hole in his pocket into the inside of his jacket.
He thanked me and explained his grandfather had given him the knife when he was a boy, and he was coming to see his grandpa in the ER.
24. My grandparents were newlyweds, vacationing at a beach a few hours from home. My grandmother is sitting on the beach in a chair, lazily fiddling with the sand with her left hand while she sunbathed. Looking down later, she realizes her diamond ring is lost in the sand. She searched frantically for hours and couldn't find it.
TWENTY years later, they are still vacationing in the same place every year. My grandmother sets up a beach chair, reaches down into the sand casually and what does she find? Her ring from 20 years prior, lost on the same beach outside the same hotel.
What are the odds?
25. My dad rented a metal detector because he lost his wedding ring doing yard work. He went over everything and finally moved to the compost pile in the back. Around that time, I got home from school or something and I see him with this weird contraption. I ask him what he was doing and he said he lost his wedding ring and was trying to find it. At that point I... (Continued)
At that point I see something shiny and ask, "is that it?" It was.
Anyway, I got to play with the metal detector the rest of the afternoon and found two really old, rusty matchbox cars and an old Budweiser can. I still have the cars.
26. For those who may not know, MRI scanners have an extremely strong magnetic field. It's so strong, that bringing something into the scanner room which isn't "MRI safe" like a metal chair, gurney, or oxygen tank would literally make that object go flying through the air and into the scanner. It's very dangerous and we constantly have to check that people aren't bringing anything inside the scanner room with them that isn't MRI safe.
Anyways, we had a young kid come in who was about 9 years old for a brain scan. I'm getting him ready for his MRI and talking with him, trying to keep him calm (kids his age sometimes freak out when they see the scanner). I ask him if he has anything in his pockets and he says he does and takes out some change and a pen. I then run a metal detector over his pockets to reaffirm that they're empty and the metal detectors whizzes and beeps in one of his cargo pockets. He looks at me with a wide eyes stare, as if he is about to be in trouble. I ask him what's in there and he starts tearing up and looks over at his mom. I'm confused and also glance at his mom as she stares back at myself and her son with the same look of confusion.
His mom sternly asks her son, "What's in your pocket..?" The poor kid is standing there crying with his arms and legs spread as if I'm about to search him before handcuffing him and hauling him off to kiddie jail. He replies to his mom, "I'm sorry! It's not mine!" I put my hand in his pocket and proceed to pull out a 5 inch spring loaded knife and a lighter. The kid's mom loses it and starts lecturing him in a pretty loud and powerful manner. Apparently, this kid had been hanging around with some bad kids in the neighborhood and his mom instantly knew that the knife and lighter came from one of those boys he shouldn't have been running around with. She told him to stop crying and to "get yo butt inside that scanner right now."
We ended up proceeding with his MRI and we're kinda laughing about it with his mom while he was inside the scanner. Poor little guy still had tears running down his face when we finished about 30 minutes later lol.
He was a good kid, you could tell. he really was upset that he made his mom angry.
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