Ring in dog’s stomach

Sometimes you wake up with an important item misplaced. Sometimes that item is a wedding ring. Now, exactly how you might lose such a valuable item is definitely a perplexity, it does sometimes happen. And, fortunately for this young woman, she had a metal detector in which she could retrace her steps. And retrace she did.


After scouring her house looking for the lost ring, she started to hear a beep. And where exactly did this beep lead? Well, to her dog of course! The jealous beast had clearly grown enamored by the shiny glow of her diamond-y friend. And the only recourse once besotted by something shiny is, of course, to eat.

An old syringe

Metal detectors often help you find things that aren’t exactly new. In fact, these things are often extremely old. This is most often why they’re found in the first place — somebody loses something, forgets about it, and the thing is consumed by time and dirt. Eventually, somebody might come along with the right tool for the job — cough cough, metal detector.


Here, we have exactly that. One man, while looking around for treasure, heard that tantalizing beep. As he followed the sound and dug around, he eventually uncovered this ancient syringe. The needle-y appendage was used by vets to inject cute animals with the necessary medicines. We’re not sure how it got lost, but we are sure that it’s an interesting find.

Milk token

There used to be a day when milk was delivered to your house. Now, however, in the age of Amazon, such trivialities have long since passed. This doesn’t mean, however, that the vestiges of these past traditions don’t still live on. And here, we see how they lived on in the tokens that used to be used to make that milk’s purchase.

An old, slightly dirty milk token.
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Here, then, we have someone who found one of these old tokens that clearly some derelict milkman neglected to pick up. Hopefully he still left the people with some milk. If not, it’s very easy to imagine how some scandal might have ensued. Either way, the token is cool. It probably won’t get lost again — we hope…

Stapled money

Sometimes we use staples to help us keep organized. In this case, somebody used the bent aluminum to staple money to some plastic. One fortunate consequence of this odd act was that this metal detector-wielding man was able to find the buried money with ease. It doesn’t take much for these detectors to get going.

American dollars are held together by a stapler
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Amazingly, the man found something like $80. That’s almost enough to buy another metal detector! And all the man needed to double his metal-detecting capital was a metal detector, some diligence, and a little bit of searching. And from these few starting points, the man was able to find some cash that would help him with whatever else he might want.

Decaying dentures

Not many people are aware, but dentures are not always made without metal. In fact, there have been numerous pairs that were a majority metal. And, as you likely could have guessed, these metal-filled teeth replaces can be quite easy to find with a handy-dandy metal detector. While they’re likely not the gold you’re looking for, they certainly are something.


Here, a man looking for easy gold found something just slightly more pink and white. The teeth, which have presumably been used carelessly by some sort of toothless buffoon, were an interesting reward for somebody looking so assiduously for buried wealth. The situation only would have been made more serendipitous had the man needed new dentures himself!

Discarded and enchained bones

Sometimes when you’re using your metal detector you fall victim to certain finds that you’d rather have left undiscovered. These finds — sometimes grim — show darker bits of the world. And, as we all have learned from personal experience, these things are jarring, unsettling, and some might even say a bit not worth the time.

Shackles, tool used in the Middle Ages to the deprivation of liberty
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Unfortunately, when you’re using these metal detectors you don’t get to choose what it is that you find. And, in this case, the thing found was a chain and shackle. This wasn’t just any chain and shackle, however — this one came complete with the bond to which it was attached. Now, I’m sure you’re with us in thinking this might have been better left undiscovered.

Artillery shell

I would venture a guess and say that most metal-detecting people when sifting through the sands or dirt at their local park are looking for old coins or other breeds of ancient cash. They are not, to be sure, looking for ancient versions of weaponry that might still in some unconscionable sense be active. However, beggars can’t be choosers.


Here, we have a man detecting near an old river. And what sort of once-dangerous artillery did he find? Well, he found an old civil war-era shell that was once used to sink ships. While this isn’t cash (and certainly not active), it is still a cool find. Had it been active we’d probably all be singing a different story.

War canteen

We’re not sure what is about buried objects and wartime memorabilia, but there seems to be a whole lot of it. And here, we have another instance of just that. This man, while scouring the local terrain for trinkets and accoutrements, found something a little more bizarre than just some coins or babies in jars.

Old military canteen isolated on a white background
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The man had found an old wartime canteen. This canteen, presumably used by some UK soldier during WWII, was well embattled with the wear and tear of over a half-century buried beneath the surface. Still, however, even given its derelict condition, the find was cool and collectible. And so, this man is proud to have found this little bit of history.

Nintendo game cartridge

Sometimes, as mentioned earlier, you don’t always find something ancient — you find something modern and still (at least somewhat) relevant. And here, we have exactly that. This intrepid metal dectoring fellow found a long-discarded Nintendo Game Boy cartridge. Unfortunately, the man who found the thing never revealed which game he found!


Knowing which game the cartridge holds is extremely relevant information. It could, for instance, be one of those secret games that is worth millions of dollars. While unlikely, the possibility is there. And it’s something that people like us would want to know. So come on already and tell us which game you found!

Metal chalice

Sometimes, as an explorer with a metal detector, you are subject to a once-in-a-lifetime finding. And here, that is exactly what we have. This person, have searched the depths of the sea with his metal detector, found a golden chalice. Now this is something you would definitely like to find.

Old chalice on wooden table with black background
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The chalice was so heavy with gold that it was valued to be upward of a million dollars. This is quite the find! Some might say that it is in fact the dream find. Anyways, the chalice was an item being carried across the sea on a ship. Unfortunately for that ship and crew, the sea swallowed the thing whole. That unfortunate loss, however, was good for the diver who found this thing. At least someone came out on top.

A finger and ring

We’ve already talked about a few disturbing finds here on this list. These things include discarded shackles and and bones and even a baby in a jar. However, the list of unsettling finds does not end there. Here, we have another potentially heart-pounding find — a finger bone complete with ring. Yikes!

Bride showing ring finger
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While we could infer all sorts of things from this find (the husband turned out to be unhappy with his wife; his wife refused to give back the ring, etc.), it’s difficult to know for sure. However, what we do know is that somehow this woman became separated from one of her most important appendages. It’s odd that she wasn’t able to retrieve it.

Iron age necklaces

Ah, now here we get to the finds that we would all love to have as prospective metal detectorists. This person, while searching and sifting through the ocean sands, uncovered something shiny after a couple of beeps with his metal detector. And, after a little bit of digging, uncovered that should make the history enthusiast balk with wonder and awe.

Antique golden bracelet called torc. Rigid neck ring or bracelet from Celts. Circa 2nd to 5th century. Galicia, Spain
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What the man found was a set of golden necklaces from the Iron Age. Beautiful! What a find, indeed. The necklaces are valued at something like two million dollars. That’s about 2 million more than I have, so I’d say that’s quite the find. Anyways, the tremendous find just goes to show what you can do with a little metal detecting magic.

Axe head

Weaponry is something often rediscovered years (and years and years) after having been discarded in the battle field. And that is what we have here. This man, having scoured the ground looking for treasures, heard a few beeps that guided him in the right direction. And this direction was toward a pretty interesting find.

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The man ended up finding an ancient axe head. While the thing had become separated from its shaft, it was still cool to contemplate the history behind the thing. The axe head was of the bronze age, meaning it was of a time before iron would take the world by storm. They say the axe is around 1,000 years old. That’s older than any of us!

Two-pound meteor

Sometimes the things you uncover from the ground are not things that were placed or forgotten there by humans. In this instance, we have one such thing. While digging through the sands, this 13-year-old boy found a two-pound meteorite. Now, if I were this little boy, I would definitely freak. However, I likely wouldn’t know that I found a meteor.

A meteorite is seen amid debris at Rio de Janeiro's treasured National Museum, one of Brazil's oldest, on September 3, 2018 a day after a massive fire ripped through the building. - The majestic edifice stood engulfed in flames as plumes of smoke shot into the night sky, while firefighters battled to control the blaze that erupted around 2230 GMT. Five hours later they had managed to smother much of the inferno that had torn through hundreds of rooms, but were still working to extinguish it completely, according to an AFP photographer at the scene. (Photo by Mauro PIMENTEL / AFP) (Photo credit should read MAURO PIMENTEL/AFP/Getty Images)
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With that knowledge, however, being the space geeks we are, I would be quite excited. The slab of extraterrestrial matter was estimated to be around 10,000 years around. If we look at the human timeline, this would place the rock at about the beginning of the Neolithic Revolution — the point at which humans finally began to turn toward an agricultural lifestyle.

Cortez’s boot

The desert sometimes yields something far better than a mirage amid deep dehydration. This is especially true when you have a metal detector in hand. And in this case, we have one man exploring the desert sands with a little more than eccentric fervor. His zeal drove him to one of the most interesting finds you could imagine.

a boot made of gold

And what, exactly, did this man find? Well, he found himself an oddly shaped and idiosyncratic piece of gold. The odd trinket was shaped so bizarrely that compelled the man to name the thing the “Boot of Cortez.” While the thing was absolutely no boot (how impractical would that be?), it was a cool and expensive find. Way to go!

A lost class ring

Sometimes you lose something only to have it found again. However, once it’s found it’s not always by you. That’s what happened here. Somebody, having lost their class ring, had it found again by an intrepid metal detectorist. This time, however, the ring had accumulated more value having been lost to the dirt.

FULLERTON, CA - SEPTEMBER 02: Charlotte Kim reacts after Christine Montgomery returns her lost 1982 Granada Hills High class ring in Fullerton on Friday, September 2, 2016. Christine Montgomery who is a treasure hunter found the ring while using her metal detector on the property of the former FullertonÕs Hanmaum Presbyterian Church. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz/Digital First Media/Orange County Register via Getty Images)
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The value, however, was returned back to the owner who had lost the ring 50 years earlier. And for that, he is most avowedly thankful. We tip our hats to the most nobel of men. We would hope that others could only continue his kindness. Another thing we hope for is that our finds are just a bit older than this. That way, we really don’t have to return them.

Buried treasure

The ultimate thing to be hoped for as you’re shifting through the sands or dirt is buried treasure. However, we all also suspect that this is probably the thing we are the least likely to find. Still, however, we go forward with bright and bristling expectations. Sometimes, if we’re lucky enough, these expectations will be fulfilled.

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Here, we see just how tremendously they can be fulfilled. This person, have looked a large estate for his friend’s lost hammer, had found something much more fortuitous. And what, exactly, was it that this man found? Well, he found a whole lot of buried treasure. This was enough treasure, for instance, to help buy the man a nice new house. If only we were so lucky…

Ringlemere cup

Sometimes we wonder how certain items get lost. You would expect that if the thing was of great value, the owners would have been much more careful with where the item was placed. This doesn’t, however, always appear to be the case. So this man, while having sifted through some nearby dirt and grime, found himself something quite valuable.

The Rillaton Gold Cup, Early Bronze Age, 1700-1500BC, from Rillaton, Cornwall, England. Rillaton barrow was excavated in 1837 and found to contain an inhumation beneath the 25m wide barrow. The burial had been placed in a stone cist and human remains were discovered along with grave goods including a bronze dagger, beads, pottery, glass and other items. The burial also contained the Rillaton Gold Cup, a biconical gold vessel, 90mm high, with a handle attached with rivets. The cup resembles a late Neolithic ceramic beaker with corded decoration. The cup is of note due to its Aegean style metalwork of the period and resembles similar finds from the Greek site of Mycenae, suggesting cultural and trading links with the Eastern Mediterranean. The cup became lost after discovery but turned up years later in the dressing room of King George V as a receptacle for his collar studs. It is now on show the British Museum, next to the similar Ringlemere Cup, though it belongs to the Royal Collection. An exact copy may be seen in the Royal Cornwall Museum at Truro. (Photo by CM Dixon/Print Collector/Getty Images)
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And what did this man found? He found himself a golden cup from around 1500 BC. That’s pretty old! But more than that, the value of thing had multiplied tremendously given its ancient character. Now, the cup holds an estimated worth of over $500,000 dollars. That’s definitely a lot of moola! And for that, we suggest you keep on searching.

Crosby Garrett helmet

War memorabilia can be one of the coolest things to find as a treasure collector. And sometimes these war trinkets are found so old that they become all the cooler. Here, found in the British field, somebody was lucky enough to find an ancient mask presumably used by someone in the colosseum.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 07: An auctioneer for Christie's sells The Crosby Garrett Helmet (R) for 2.3 million GBP to a telephone bidder on October 7, 2010 in London, England. The Roman helmet was discovered in a field in Cumbria by a metal detecting enthusiast in May 2010. The helmet had been expected to fetch up to 300,000 GBP. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
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Okay, maybe not. However, the mask was dated to be around 1,800 years old. That’s pretty old. Because of this stupendous age, the thing was considered quite valuable by collectors and other prospectors. If you’re scouring the earth for trinkets and treasures, then, this is likely the find you’re trying to make.

Pirate treasure

When you watch movies like Pirates of the Carribean, you look at the treasure chests they have an imagine them things of the past. However, as we’re sure you’ve learned by now, things of the past don’t always stay hidden — especially when you have a metal detector. And here, we have an extraordinarily fortuitous find.

Treasure hunting: piggy bank has hidden underground
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While scouring the shores of a nearby beach, this man started to hear a beep. After following the signal and closing in on a possible location, the man begun to did. And, lo and behold, he hit something hard. After resurrecting the chest from the ground, he found what arguably every metal detector enthusiast on the planet is looking for: pirate treasure.

An old Model T

Many of us spend some time looking for a new car. However, most of our searches are confined to the reach of a google search into feasible and affordable options. Most of us don’t take to the metal detector. But, as one man learned while scouring the grounds near his home, this might actually be a possible option.

man digs through the ground to find car parts

After a sufficient amount of searching, the man found that buried beneath a lot of dirt by his house was an entire 1913 Ford Model T. The car, while certainly no longer functional and largely deteriorated, was a cool find. This now-collectors item could definitely fetch the man a handsome sum of cash. Either way, the ground might be a new place to look for that next dream vehicle.

The Mojave nugget

When you purchase a metal detector, you likely have realistic expectations to find things like abandoned keys are hunks of useless metal. It is rather a small space in the back of your head that you dedicate to more grand and implausible things like gold and pirate treasure. However, sometimes these things just so happen to appear.

Two Australian gold nuggets are on display before sale at auction, May 6, 2010 in Los Angeles. Bonhams & Butterfields' upcoming National History Auction, on May 27 in New York, will afford bidders the opportunity to own an unusal selection of prehistoric fossils, archeological artifacts, gold nuggets, meteorite slices and even a Martian meteorite discovered in the Mojave Desert in 1999. The nugget at left has an estimated sale price of USD 190,000 - 220,000 and is considered especially rare because it shows no evidence of tool marks or preparation by man. It weighs 3,869.3 grams (8.49 lbs) and measures 5 x 4 x 4.25 inches (12.7 x 10.2 x 10.8 cm). AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
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In this case, a man searching through the mojave desert in 1977 got just such luck. What he had discovered was the largest hunk of gold every found — deemed the “mojave nugget.” We all wish were this lucky. Regardless, this large chunk of gold is perhaps one of the most valuable finds ever gleaned from the likes of a metal detector. And we are definitely jealous.

A civil war sword

As already mentioned on this list, we’ve found that metal detectors often unearth ancient and discarded weaponry. Because the stuff isn’t exactly biodegradable, it will linger in the earth for thousands if not hundreds of thousands of years. That’s a long time. Anyways, when the stuff lingers it is just asking to be picked up by some metal detectorists.

ROSTOV-ON-DON REGION, RUSSIA - MAY 4, 2019: Trick riders compete at the Shermitsii International Cossack Games marking the centenary of the Vyoshenskaya Uprising during the Russian Civil War. Shermitsii is a traditional Don Cossack horse riding, sword and fist fighting competition. Valery Matytsin/TASS (Photo by Valery MatytsinTASS via Getty Images)
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And this is exactly what happened with this civil war-era sword. While searching through the dirt, this family eventually unearthed the cool, 200-year-old weapon. While the thing was certainly valuable and would have gained the family a decent chunk of wealth, they decided to keep the thing as a fun souvenir. We don’t blame them.

Gold, gold, and more gold

Everybody loves gold. The stuff holds a consistent value based off of its finitude in the earthly environment. This means that anytime you come across the stuff, you know you will have a hearty sum of money waiting. Sometimes, however, that gold might be shaped into something that you’d rather keep as an artifact. That’s what we have here.

Gold, silver and other metal coins of a Holocaust victim's collection are seen on a velvet tray in the Balatoni Museum in the town of Keszthely, 200 km west of Budapest on May 22, 2019. - A collection of thousands of antique coins found buried in a house that was part of a war-time ghetto in Hungary for Jews has posed a riddle for historians. (Photo by ATTILA KISBENEDEK / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY (Photo credit should read ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images)
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While searching through some dirt in England, Terry Herbert found one of the most extensive, ornate, and preisten collection of gold items ever found. Roughly 500 pieces strong, this collection of coins, weapons, and other items could have fetched an extraordinarily handsome price. Yet, because of the collections value, the find would be shared with museums across the globe. Nobel act.