5 Valuable Metal Detecting Finds

5 Valuable Metal Detecting Finds


A 17th century gold ring, discovered near Loch Lomond by a metal detectorist, has fetched £14,000 at auction.

Michelle Vall from Blackpool literally struck gold when she searched the shore at Duck Bay, near Balloch, in January.

It is thought the ring once belonged to a courtier of the future James II of England (James VII of Scotland).

It went under the hammer in London on Tuesday after the National Museum of Scotland declined the chance to buy it.

The ring was expected to raise about £10,000, but the winning bid was £14,000. The new owner, a private collector from the US, will pay a total of £17,360, which includes the buyer’s premium.

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2) The Mojave Nugget

The Mojave Nugget is the largest known gold nugget ever found in California, United States. It was found in the Stringer district near Randsburg by prospector Ty Paulsen in 1977 using a metal detector. The nugget, which weighs 156 troy ounces (4.9 kg), is part of the Margie and Robert E. Petersen Collection of gold nuggets that was donated to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. The collection contains 132 pieces of gold and has a total weight of more than 1,660 troy ounces (52 kg)


3) Staffordshire Hoard

The Staffordshire Hoard is the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver metalwork yet found. It consists of over 3,500 items, amounting to a total of 5.1 kg of gold, 1.4 kg of silver and some 3,500 pieces of garnet cloisonné jewellery. The artefacts were discovered by Terry Herbert on 5 July 2009, when he was searching an area of recently ploughed farmland near Hammerwich, Staffordshire, with a metal detector. Over the next five days,244 gold objects were recovered from the soil. At this point Herbert contacted Duncan Slarke, the Finds Liaison Officer for the Staffordshire and West Midlands Portable Antiquities Scheme. The landowner, Fred Johnson, granted permission for an excavation to search for the rest of the hoard. The hoard was purchased jointly by the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery for £3.285 million under the Treasure Act 1996.


4) Wickham Market Hoard

The Wickham Market Hoard is a hoard of 840 Iron Age gold staters found in a field at Dallinghoo near Wickham Market, Suffolk, England in March 2008 by car mechanic, Michael Dark using a metal detector.

The hoard was described as “the largest hoard of British Iron Age gold coins to be studied in its entirety”, and was also significant in providing “a lot of new information about the Iron Age, and particularly East Anglia in the late Iron Age”. It was the largest hoard of staters to be found since the Whaddon Chase Iron Age hoard in 1849.

In June 2011, the hoard was purchased by Ipswich Museum for the sum of £316,000.


5) Frome Hoard

The Frome Hoard is a hoard of 52,503 Roman coins found in April 2010 by metal detectorist Dave Crisp near Frome in Somerset, England. The coins were contained in a ceramic pot 45 cm (18 in) in diameter, and date from AD 253 to 305. Most of the coins are made from debased silver or bronze. The hoard is one of the largest ever found in Britain, and is also important as it contains the largest group ever found of coins issued during the reign of Carausius, who ruled Britain independently from 286 to 293 and was the first Roman Emperor to strike coins in Britain The Museum of Somerset in Taunton, using a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF), acquired the hoard in 2011 for a value of £320,250


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