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Do you have a hankering for finding buried treasure? If so, then metal detecting is the perfect hobby! There are many treasures out there just waiting to be found. Whether it’s gold coins or old jewelry, your chances of finding something amazing go up when you use a metal detector. In this blog post, we will take a look at some of the most unbelievable treasures found by metal detecting enthusiasts! From gold coins to ancient artifacts, these are all things that have been unearthed by people who took their metal detector out for an adventure.

List of the Most Amazing Metal Detecting Treasures Found

gold coins

The Gold Rush Coins: This is the name given to a group of gold coins that were found in Northern California. It consisted of over 100 coins and was worth nearly $200,000 when it was discovered back in 2012.

Lady liberty coin

Lady Liberty Coin: There are only 24 known copies of this coin out there which makes it such a rare find. The coin itself is worth up to $18,000 and was discovered in the United States back in 2006.

deer coin

18th Century Deer Coin: This is one of the most sought after coins that has been found by metal detecting enthusiasts because there are only 13 known copies out there! It was made from copper


The Roman Coins[1] These coins were found in Italy and date back to the first century AD. This is a valuable find, as any coin from this era can be valued at over $25,000!

King Alfred’s Gold Coin: One of the more recent discoveries on our list was made by metal detectorists in the United Kingdom. In 2014, they found a gold coin that dates back to AD899 and is worth an estimated $100,000!

indianhead penny

The Indian Head Penny: One of the most frequently discovered coins by metal detectorists is this penny which was made from copper (though some are made out of silver). These can be dated back to 1864-1909 and contain designs such as George Washington’s head or Native American origins on them. It has become one of America’s favorite pennies because it turns up so often.


The Liberty Nickel: In 1883, the United States Mint started making this nickel that depicts Lady Liberty on one side and an eagle with a shield on the other. It’s not often found because it was made for only five years, but some of them can be worth over $500!

musket ball

The Capstan: This musket ball was discovered on a beach by metal detecting, but it’s not just any old gun shot that someone lost or dropped there. On one side of this projectile are three letters which have been identified as ‘TQ’ (probably for Tower Quay) and ‘1847’. These markings allow historians to date when this round was made with incredible accuracy–almost exactly 100 years before they were found!

toftness ancient_gold_2

The Toftness Gold: The first gold coin found in the UK was made back during Roman times, so it’s not surprising that many of these treasures have been unearthed by metal detecting enthusiasts over time. This particular find is special because it dates from AD367 and commemorates Emperor Constantius I [2]; who interestingly enough, is the first Roman Emperor to be converted to Christianity.

fertility god

Gold-plated statue of an Egyptian fertility god: This treasure was found by a metal detectorist from outside Barcelona, Spain. This statue’s value is believed to be around $500,000.

a can of gold

Can of Gold: In Australia, a hoard of gold coins that was found in a tin can on the banks of the Edward River by two metal detectorists. The value of these coins is estimated to be around $200,000.

The Hoxne Horde: This Anglo-Saxon treasure is the largest gold hoard found in Britain. The discovery of this horde was an accident, when a metal detectorist who had been searching for coins without any luck struck it rich with the haul worth over £350 million that contained thousands upon thousands of Roman silver and gold coins dating from AD409 to AD455. It would have taken someone about 300 years just to count them all! Sadly these intriguing items are not on public display but you can see replicas if you visit Cheddon Fitzpaine Church near Exeter; which itself has some historic Saxon connections too as well as being located close to another significant find site at Taunton Deane.

The Hoxne Horde

The most valuable metal detecting finds have been unearthed by the likes of amateur, hobbyist and professional treasure hunters alike. There are many treasures still waiting to be found in the ground as well as amazing finds underwater, just like those listed here. If you’re interested in trying your luck with metal detecting, check out our article about the best places and gear for beginners!