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21 Incredible Items Unearthed by Metal Detectors

 It’s safe to assume many people have picked up new hobbies during the pandemic. One hobby that is actually surprisingly popular is metal detecting. The benefit of this activity is that it could lead to discovering a jackpot. For example, in 2009, an amateur named Terry Herbert unearthed the Staffordshire Hoard using a store-bought metal detector. The Staffordshire Hoard is the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver ever found, worth £3.2 million ($4.5 million).

Of course, if you go into metal detecting with such grand ambitions, the experience is bound to be quite frustrating. But when you have the right mindset, even a ‘small’ find can be exciting. Although treasures like the Staffordshire Hoard aren't discovered every day, far from it, metal detectors still celebrate the cool antique items they find. Here are some of those unique finds, ranging from a Viking brooch to an old Soviet motorcycle.

 

1. A time capsule dating over 100 years backIncredible Items Unearthed by Metal Detectors time capsule

2. This ring was identified as late medieval dating around 1450Incredible Items Unearthed by Metal Detectors rings

3. "First time ever detecting, first beep I heard. Found an earring I lost as a little girl (probably 15 years ago) about 2inches down. "Incredible Items Unearthed by Metal Detectors earrings

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4. Motorcycle L-300. According to archaeologists, this motorbike was hidden by the retreating units of the Soviet Army in the summer of 1941.Incredible Items Unearthed by Metal Detectors Soviet motorcycle

5. A Dollar coin from 1851Incredible Items Unearthed by Metal Detectors dollar coin

6. This medal is from the Carnival of Fun, a four-day event that took place in Grand Rapids, Michigan based on a similar event in Rome, Italy. The first Carnival of Fun was held in October 1897.Incredible Items Unearthed by Metal Detectors Carnival of Fun

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7. The guard from a Viking sword found in a field in Norway.Incredible Items Unearthed by Metal Detectors guard of viking sword

8. Henry III silver hammered coin, circa 1250, England.Incredible Items Unearthed by Metal Detectors hammered coin

9. A World War II paratrooper wrist compass.Incredible Items Unearthed by Metal Detectors WWII wrist compass

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10. Silver rings found in 2019, dating from 1900 to 2019Incredible Items Unearthed by Metal Detectors rings

11. A gold ring from an unknown era, weighs 5gIncredible Items Unearthed by Metal Detectors snake ring

12. Not gold, but still a really cool find!Incredible Items Unearthed by Metal Detectors 7 up can

13. "Found this pretty brass lipstick tube with bright fuscia lipstick still inside".Incredible Items Unearthed by Metal Detectors lipstick tube

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14. An old toffee hammer from (presumably) one of the oldest candy companies in western Canada.Incredible Items Unearthed by Metal Detectors toffee hammer

15. A small Viking era broach from FinlandIncredible Items Unearthed by Metal Detectors Viking era broach

16. "Found this brooch today I’m guessing it’s Victorian. I think the stones are amber and it looks like it used to be gold plated."Incredible Items Unearthed by Metal Detectors Victorian brooch

17. A dagger from an unknown eraIncredible Items Unearthed by Metal Detectors dagger

18. A cast lead Mickey Mouse from the 1930sIncredible Items Unearthed by Metal Detectors Mickey Mouse

19. A silver pendant dating back to 227 years agoIncredible Items Unearthed by Metal Detectors silver pendant

20. An antique watch collectionIncredible Items Unearthed by Metal Detectors watch collection

21. A WWI Canadian military canteen that has been sitting in 40 feet of water for over 100 years.Incredible Items Unearthed by Metal Detectors WWII military canteen

Source of images: Metal detecting: treasure hunting / Reddit

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