Favorite Finds - International
JUNE 2020 WINNER!!!
Jason's story: Good morning, I would like to submit a story on behalf of my husband, Jason. My husband and I both metal detect and have been for almost 5 years. We often go on hunts together. This past May, I found an old baseball diamond only 10 minutes from our house. I knew it was old because across the street is an 1800’s schoolhouse. We couldn’t wait to go check it out. The next day we loaded our machines into the car and headed over. I stayed on the perimeter of the property and he decided to do the outfield of the baseball diamond with his Garrett AT Pro. Within 30 minutes he was waving me down and I could tell he had a good find. By the time I made it over to him he was shaking with excitement. When I looked into the hole I saw a HUGE gold University class ring! It was crazy seeing that big chunk of gold in the hole and we were both stunned! We got home and washed it up to find that the ring was from the University of North Dakota's graduating class of 1969 and that it was engraved with initials.
I immediately emailed the university alumni team and the hunt for the owner began. A month later we got an email that they found the owner and they provided his contact information. My husband phoned him right away and told him that he had found his class ring. The man was completely shocked and emotional. He told my husband he lost the ring 50 years ago and explained that he had lost it in Des Moines, Iowa and not in Ontario, Canada where it was found by my husband. Whomever found it originally obviously never bothered to find the owner.
We have since mailed the ring back to him where he now lives in Florida. Even though it is very worn compared to when he wore it last, he was still extremely grateful to have it back after so many years. This was definitely a bucket list find for my husband and it was truly amazing to be able to find and return the ring to its rightful owner.
Thank you Garrett for taking the time to hear our story about the lost ring and its happy ending.
Jason B. WINS a Garrett ACE® 300i Metal Detector!
MAY 2020 WINNER!!!
Jean-Philippe’s story: Hello Garrett family! I left that day with my AT Pro to make a meadow along a river. About 200 meters away, according to the history of my village, was a strong castle which completely disappeared in the 1800s. The finds are there, some musket balls and some old used coins... suddenly a good sound as we like! I dig, I dig and at 30cm at the end, the target! At the time, I saw immediately that it was a piece of very muddy lead… I take it anyway. I will see the cleaning, and this magnificent papal seal appeared! A very very rare object to find which at the time announced news or a papal order!
Pope JULIUS II, elected November 1, 1503, died February 21, 1513.
I did research on this pope who in his time made a lot of talk about him! He showed himself the generous and intelligent protector of letters and the arts. He entrusted construction of the Basilica of Saint Peter to Bramante (architect). It gave the city of Rome a new and magnificent appearance, and history associates its name with the works of Bramante, Michelangelo and Raphael. Thank you for reading, and strongly the new GARRETT APEX !!!
Jean-Philippe L. WINS an ACE 300i Metal Detector! CONGRATULATION!!!
MARCH 2020 WINNER!!!
My international favorite find for March 2020 is the 200 AD Gold and Amber Stone Roman Ring, found by Stig B. from Europe with his Ace 300i.
Stig’s story: Awesome. Historical find with Garrett 300i. I found the ring at the evening March 21st, after 2 hours of searching. The signal was good and clear so I expected a coin. I digged about 25cm and it popped right out of the chunk of soil. I got amazed, you can tell right away is gold in the dark soil! This was found with my 300i, but I had my AT Max in the car because I just bought it and haven't tried it out allot yet. :)
The ring itself is pure gold with amber stone, about 2cm in length. The archeologists in NTNU Trondheim dates it to year 200, age of Rome.
Stig B. WINS an ACE 300i Metal Detector!
FEBRUARY 2020 HAS THREE WINNERS!!!
Bartlomiej’s success story: Hello guys. :) I went on a dig with "Find a Field" group on 02/02/2020. This farm was done before and I wasn't expecting too much. After few hours of digging horse shoes I was a little bit broken. I was even thinking about going home but I decided not to give up and as you can see it was great decision. Never give up guys. All you need is one good signal. :)
Bartlomiej O. WINS an ACE 300i Metal Detector!
Martin’s success story: I found this gold ring when I was out and metal detecting an old castle. I couldn't believe my eyes when it came out of the dirt. It's a middle age gold ring. :) One of my best finds ever!
Martin N. WINS an ACE 300i Metal Detector!
Mario’s success story: A large bronze fibula weighing 251 grams that belonged to the Japod tribe (one of the most combative Illyrian tribes that has inhabited the hilly area of central Croatia since 9th century BC until the fall of the Roman Empire and was defeated by Octavian 34. BC). I found her with a Garrett AT Max at about 50 cm deep, and this metal detector again proved to be a real killer for first-class and beautiful artifacts, which he finds more and more day by day...
Mario K. WINS an ACE 300i Metal Detector!
JANUARY 2020 HAS THREE WINNERS!!!
Denis’s success story: Hello dear Garrett! Recently, with the Garrett Ace 350 metal detector, I picked up a golden antique ring with a human face! This amazing and unique ring was found on a plowed corn field. It's from about the 3rd century B.C. Thanks to the Garrett Ace 350, I have expanded my collection with the best find!
It was a delightful and wonderful day in my life! Garrett brings vivid colors to the life of a treasure hunter! Many thanks!
Stephan’s success story: After convincing my wife that I needed some ‘me‘ time, I went out on a new patch of land to see what I could find. I knew from my research that a battle from the French Wars around the start of the 1800’s had taken place there.
As I started my prospecting, I was excited to find a musket bullet. After a couple of hours of collecting nothing but bullets, I got a good, clear signal, which I thought indicated an aluminum tab from a can. Always one to do my civic duty and clean what I thought was trash out of the ground, I started digging.
As I was digging, I lost the signal, so I tried to relocate it with the pin-point function from the ACE 400i. Then, I found and located the signal again, and used my Garrett Pro-Pointer AT to zone in on my object, which I then found. It was flat, round and silver, so I thought ‘Yeah, it’s a pull-tab‘. I wiped the dirt off, and I saw that it had no hole in the middle. Then I looked closer, and I recognized that it was a coin. After a closer look, I saw legs and a horse. I immediately stopped rubbing the coin, in order to avoid damage.
I brought it home, cleaned it properly, and did a little research. What I found was a Roman Republic silver coin from around 79 B.C.!! Definitely a once in a lifetime find!
Florin’s success story: Hello Garrett. Very short story... On 11’th of January this year I discovered a hoard of more than 1000 Medieval silver coins dating 1500-1600 buried in the middle of a forest. It is a big thing here, and involved a lot of press & media. And yes your AT Pro machine is known for this job now:))) I'm happy to share this with you!
December has TWO WINNERS!!!
Hello dear Garrett. My find is a silver drachma of Alexander the Great, which is my favorite ancient coin. 2500 years old coin! I use an AT Pro detector.
Last week, after finishing todays work, I decided to go for a hunt with my Euro Ace. I had about one hour before the dark, so I was in a hurry. On my second signal I found this rare Roman coin, and on it is a wolf breastfeeding two boys, Romulus and Remus. They are the founders of Rome and Roman Empire, so this is a once in a lifetime find for me.
November 2019 has 3 WINNERS!!!
Co’s story: Finding a silver hoard. It all started when I got a call from a carpenter I sometimes work with. He told me he found a big silver coin in his garden. And he knew I was into metal detecting so he asked if I knew how to clean the coin. And if I wanted, I could go over the ground with my metal detector to see if I could find one for myself. The coin he found was a silver Dukaat from 1794.
So I started metal detecting in the garden and after 1 minute I found another big silver coin. It was a 3 Gulden from late 1700’s. I was already over the moon by this find and started detecting a bit more. One after another came out of the ground. It took me 4 evenings and one day in total to get all the coins out of the ground. And ended up with a load of silver coins. 177 coins in total. All 1600's and 1700's silver. I dug them all up with my Garrett AT MAX. Still can't believe it. It's something you always dream of finding. I feel very lucky to have found this silver hoard.
With kind regards, Co.
Patryk’s story: Hey Garrett. Exactly one year ago I bought my first detector, Garrett AT Pro. Yesterday I make such a fantastic discovery, bronze cross with Diamonds. Happy Hunting friends from Cold and rainy Poland.
Mario’s story: I am writing again to tell you my new great find. It is a gold coin, belonging to the dynasty of the "Teobaldos" (Kings of French origin, who ruled the Kingdom of Navarre during the fourteenth century). The discovery was made a few kilometers from the Monjardin Castle, in a forest. I was very excited because I had been exploring the area for several days, and I had not found more than scrap metal. I used a GARRETT 300i detector.
Jacob's story: I found this medallion deep in the Australian bush at the homesite of an 1880's coal miner.
I only recently acquired the AT Pro International which means I am still getting used to all the tones and target ID's. However, I got a solid 80 signal only at 5cm. I brushed away the leaf litter to reveal the medallion sitting on the top of the dirt. The medallion was issued in 1888 and commemorates the centenary of the colonisation of Australia. The front features Captain Cook, who originally settled Australia in 1788, and the back shows an old map of Australia and its colonies, before federation. Nowadays places such as 'North Australia' no longer exist.
This is definitely one of my best finds to date!
Mario's story: Obverse: Bronze cast laureate bust of bearded Roman God Janus. Reverse: Bronze cast prow of ship galley to the left, mark of value above. Great terrain, great detector and great finds…there's more…
Andy's story: On my 6th dig in the UK, having previously only found a few minor relics (leather mounts or 17th century furniture mounts), I found a Viking sword pommel type Petersen O made in silver with gold inlaid panels! With some research I found this design was only made between 875 and 950ad!
Over a thousand years old and in stunning condition!!! Not at all bad for a complete newbie!
Leon's story: Let me start by telling you my story of how I got into detecting. I was walking with my father on his land when he stopped and noticed a coin on top of a mole hill. It was Napoleon 3rd. So I had to buy myself a metal detector and see what other treasures might be lurking. I looked online and bought myself a Garrett ACE 250.
Immediately i started finding many cool finds. After three years of detecting on my father's land and many cool finds later (ww1, ww2 medals, 13th century coins and templar jetons/tokens), I found this stunning Celtic gold quarter stater around 100bc. The best find so far! My heart stopped and couldn't believe what I had just found.
Miguel's story: Today was cloudy and very comfortable for hunting so I said "here I go again" and headed to a cornfield that has not been used for a long time. Starting with some current coins and tons of aluminum beer cans and some more trash, then suddenly I heard a clear and strong signal of my old and loyal buddy Ace 250 that every metal detectorist recognizes. So I started to dig and there It was… A 1535 to 1536 silver 1 Real, known as Carlos y Juana series. The history says that Its family were the first coins made by "La casa de moneda de Mexico", that means "The house of the coin of Mexico", the oldest in the whole America. And I said wow!!! I'm very happy to be with my partner 250 again and very excited for participating in The Find of the Month and belong to this big Garrett Metal Detectors family.
I was out detecting a 5 km beach track not far from my house with my AT Pro when I dug up this little beauty. It was only a couple of inches deep in sandy soil. It's a medal issued in 1917 to wives & mothers of soldiers who served in WW1. Made by Stokes & Sons, who produced many of Australia's medals & medallions. Sterling silver & such a stunning piece.
One of my favorite finds to date.
August 2019 HAS THREE WINNERS!!!
Bjorn's story: I did not know what a wax-seal matrix was before I saw The Hoover Boys on one of their digs in The UK. Then my jaw just dropped!!
Editor's note: Wax seals date back to the middle ages.
Gareth's story: Garrett brought me back from depression, from the brink of suicide! When I lost my dad I went down hill hadn't touched a detector since. When my mum fell ill I hit the bottom! But once you hit the bottom there's only one other way to go and that's up!
My best friend that owns some land bought me a detector and told me to get out there! I didn't want to hurt his feelings so after visiting and hugging mum I grabbed the Garrett and went for a swing with positive thoughts on my mind. Clear day, sun was shining, not a cloud in the sky. And what a day it was, signals everywhere, and good signals! Coins, thimbles, buttons. But then the best signal was walking back to the car…Boom! A medieval seal matrix...wow what a find...so that's it! No more bad thoughts, no more illnesses I hope, but the Garrett has brought me home! I'm back in the field and best of all we got some good news! My mum will be along next time too.....thanks Garrett. I'll be true to you for ever!
This seal matrix is engraved with a Royal Crown, and was used for sealing important documents from the local castle.
Wayne's story: As there are not a lot of historical areas where I live, I was out in a school soccer field one afternoon with my AT Gold Detector. I usually find coins, some rings, various other items. I suddenly picked up a strong but jumpy signal. Dropping down on my knees and using my pin-pointer, I started narrowing down the area. Something shiny was emerging. I thought oh another Loonie (Canadian $1.00 coin) but when I pulled it out it was a gold colored pendant with a female image on it. As I flipped it over I read, Suisse 5g Fine Gold 999.9. I was completely amazed, I had found a pure gold pendant. Upon researching the image I found out it was of the Roman goddess Fortuna (goddess of fortune). Fortunate for me, and by far my greatest find ever. Thanks Garrett for an incredible machine!