Captain Jack Sparrow didn’t need a metal detector to locate the heart of Davy Jones, but it could help you find some buried treasure of your own.
People have hunted for treasure long before pirates existed. The practice continues today, albeit with different methods.
Over the past 100 years, a handful of people have found heaps of coins valued at millions of dollars, and they didn’t have to take to sea with a pirate crew in order to do so.
Metal detectors can find lost coins, jewelry, and anything containing metal. In 1990, a couple found a rare 1652 New England sixpence in a Long Island potato field with metal detectors.
The coin sold for $431,250 at an auction, according to bottomlineinc.com.
Many people armed with metal detectors find buried treasure. All you need is a detector, determination, and luck.
Here are six good places from bottomlineinc.com to scan with a metal detector:
The part of land between roads and sidewalks
People often drop coins, jewelry and other valuables while walking in a city or town.
Old public parks
Old parks are in almost every community, and they may contain buried treasure. Parents could drop coins or jewelry when pushing their kids on the swing set, or kids could have buried a chest full of fun items.
Old picnic spots
Like teenagers today, young people decades ago had favorite spots around town to hang out. Ask an older, long-time resident where people used to get together and take a metal detector to scan the area.
People will often hide things, like antiques and guns, inside stone walls. It’s possible some items were forgotten. Move a metal detector around old stone walls and see if anyone hid any treasure.
Land where buildings used to stand are great places to find buried treasure. You can research at your local library to find areas where buildings were torn down and cross reference current maps.
Dried-up bodies of water
Many boaters and swimmers lose their sunglasses, wallets, jewelry, and other items in the lake every year. Land that used to be a lake is a great place to take a metal detector. You can also try riverbanks and shorelines.
Significant metal detector discoveries
1946 — With a mine detector, postal inspectors uncovered $153,150 buried in the backyard of a deceased postal employee who had stolen the money.
1952— Edward Rowe Snow, a Massachusetts treasure hunter, used a metal detector in Nova Scotia to find eight 18th century Spanish doubloons and parts of a skeleton, clutching a Spanish galleon in his hand.
1966— A group of Texan treasure hunters found the lost San Saba gold mine with metal detectors. The mine has been abandoned by the Spaniards in 1758.
1966— A man with a metal detector in Detroit found a buried Model T Ford that a man buried in his backyard in 1926.
1974/1975— An amateur treasure hunter, Richard Lester, found a bullet on railroad property in Dallas, near the area where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The FBI determined the bullet was different from the one that killed Kennedy.
1976— Using a metal detector, James Garigues, found a live .75-millimeter tank shell in Alabama, which may have been a World War II souvenir.
1984— An archaeologist found a finger bone wearing a ring at Little Bighorn, where Lt. Col. George Custer’s troops were wiped out by the Sioux in 1876.
1997— Two young boys in Virginia found a live Confederate Army artillery shell in their grandfather’s backyard.
2008— While diving in Key West with a metal detector, Mike DeMar, found a gold chalice from a Spanish treasure ship that sank in 1622.
2012— A boy in New Mexico unearthed a two-pound meteorite with a metal detector.
2014— A couple in California found a collection of rare gold coins when their metal detector discovered them hidden in a rusty can. The coins are valued at $10 million.
Source: National Geographic, bottomlineinc.com