Ever wonder why that old guy is armed with a metal detector and sweeping all over the beach instead of enjoying the waves? We all know you can find a couple of neat stuff with that thing, but is it ever worth the effort?
We can’t really question these people – or their idea of fun – because it’s their hobby, and nobody ever questions us about ours. Besides, when you know what great wonders lay beneath that surface of ground, you’ll be motivated to pick up your metal detector as well!
And while there’s no way to convince someone of a hobby they wouldn’t bother to try, we can at least tell them the great things they are missing out on. Today we’re listing down some of the best finds that an amateur metal detector has unearthed, through sheer determination – and probably some dumb luck.
This is what every metal detector hopes to find. This rare and valuable metal would make every effort worth it! It doesn’t even have to be a gold bar – just one tiny nugget should do the trick. And the good news is that people actually do find gold using metal detectors.
The largest piece of gold ever found through this method is the so-called Mojave Nugget. It weighs 4.9 kg and contained 132 gold pieces inside. Also, back in 1989, an Australian man found a 12-inch long gold nugget shaped like a boot. They named it Boot of Cortez – after the Spanish explorer – and it sold in an auction for over $1.5 million.
Other than these, there are lots of regular folks who find gold with metal detectors. You can be one of them!
It’s not just gold that’s valuable and can be easily uncovered through metal detectors. You can find old and rare coins too! In fact, if you ask anybody whose hobby is metal detecting, they’ll probably tell you that they collect coins too.
There’s a feeling of accomplishment every time you add to your collection of rare coins because you know you worked so hard looking for it.
For those of you who are into fashion, we’re sure you’ll love trying on some old – and ancient – jewelry. These are beyond vintage, and you’ll make a good profit from auctioning them off. Back in 2009, a Scottish man found a set of gold Iron Age necklaces worth over $2 million! Amazingly, they were in perfect condition.
Speaking of ancient and valuable, some metal detectors have found incredibly old relics from wartime periods as well. A 52-year old historian found a Bronze Age axe head that dates back to 1,800 BC!
And just when we thought these amazing finds couldn’t be any more “out of this world,” a meteor is found by amateur metal detectors. A 13-year-old boy from New Mexico found a 2-pound hunk of space rock that was later identified as a large L6 ordinary chondrite.
So even though it is entirely up to you whether you want to take up metal detecting or not, we are still encouraging you not to give weird looks to that old man sweeping across the beach with a detector in his hand. He’s probably uncovered some of Earth’s most well-hidden secrets during his adventures.