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Amateur treasure hunter finds 14th century heart-shaped gold brooch worth 25,000 in farmer's field
Shaped like a heart - and with two hands clasped together in decorative sleeves at its base - this piece of jewellery may be tiny but it was to prove an enormous find for one lucky metal detector enthusiast. Stan Cooper unearthed the 2.5cm gold brooch from farmer's field near Sandbach, Cheshire - and was initially unaware of its true provenance. But the item has now been dated to between 1350 and 1450 and is thought to have been a betrothal gift because the hands appear to be male and female. Furthermore, it is worth 25,000.

3-year-old James Hyatt unearths 2.5m gold locket on his first metal detecting expedition (photos)
3-year-old James Hyatt was 5 minutes into his first ever attempt at metal detecting when he discovered a 16th century gold reliquary pendant (used for holding religious relics) worth 2.5million at a field in Hockley, Essex, UK.

Mother-daughter treasure hunters find $885K gold bird with metal detector
Bonnie Schubert and her mother have hunted treasure along Florida's coast for decades, usually ending up with fishing lures and beer cans. But in August 2010, their metal detector hit a 22-carat solid gold bird.

A Viking silver ingot discovered using a metal detector in the Isle of Man
A Viking silver ingot which was discovered using a metal detector in the Isle of Man has been declared treasure trove. An inquest ruled that the 20gram ingot, found by John Crowe in October 2009 in a field in Andreas, is the property of the Queen, the Lord of Mann. Crowe, who may get a reward, reported his find to the Manx Museum. Archaeologists think ingot is 87% silver and dates back from between 950 and 1075 AD.

Detectorist found the only intact Roman lantern made out of bronze ever discovered in Britain
A metal detecting enthusiast has found what is thought to be the only intact Roman lantern made out of bronze ever discovered in Britain. Danny Mills, 21, made the discovery in a field near Sudbury in Suffolk. The object, a rare example of Roman craftsmanship, has been given to Ipswich Museum. In the autumn of 2009, Mills, a metal detector hobbyist, found a large bronze object whilst metal detecting: "It was an amazing feeling. It took a while to dig down to see anything and once we found it, we had to go really carefully around it to get it out of the ground. It took the best part of an hour."

Largest haul of Anglo-Saxon treasure in UK discovered, includes 1,500 gold and silver pieces
The UK's boggest haul of Anglo-Saxon treasure has been discovered in a field in Staffordshire. Experts say the collection of 1,500 gold and silver pieces is unique in size and worth "a 7-figure sum". It has been declared treasure by coroner Andrew Haigh, meaning it belongs to the Crown. Terry Herbert, who found it using a metal detector, said it "was what metal detectorists dream of". The Staffordshire hoard contains 5kg of gold and 2.5kg of silver, making it far bigger than the Sutton Hoo discovery in 1939 when 1.5kg of Anglo-Saxon gold was found near Woodbridge in Suffolk. Herbert has been metal detecting for 18 years.

Housewife finds a 15th-century gold treasure valued at 250,000 pounds with metal detector
The 15th-century gold treasure is believed to be part of a high-quality container or pendant, depicting the Holy Trinity. It is the first really valuable object that Mary Hannaby has spotted in 7 years of metal detecting fields and beaches. Mary, 57, made the discovery while on one of her usual 6-hour Sunday detecting walks with her son Michael: "You get a buzz every time you get a signal, but chances are it won't be anything." As one of only 3 of its kind to have survived, the find could be worth even more than 250,000 pounds, because its engraving is being compared to that of the Middleham Jewel, which fetched 1.3 million pounds at auction in 1986.

Treasure hunter's Iron Age find - Just months after taking up metal detecting
An amateur treasure hunter discovered two Iron Age bronze bowls and a wine strainer just months after taking up metal detecting. The rare artefacts, of "great importance for the UK," were discovered in Newport, south Wales, in 2007. Craig Mills came across the items in the Langstone area of the city, just 9 months after he pick up metal detector for the first time. "I didn't realise how significant it was. I was detecting for 9 months before that and I have found nothing like it." They are thought to have been made 25-60 AD and were buried at the time of the Roman army's campaign against the Iron Age Silures tribe of south Wales, between 47-75 AD.

Two metal-detector enthusiasts found a 4th Century Roman mosiac near Kemble
A pair of metal detector enthusiasts think they have uncovered the biggest Roman mosaic in north west Europe. Paul Ballinger and John Carter made their discovery as they returned from a day's metal-detecting and saw the field, which they had covered earlier, had been ploughed. After noticing several tesserae (cubic mosaic tiles), the pair got permission from the landowner to dig a one square foot hole and uncovered the edge of the mosaic. They were excited with their 4th Century discovery, which they say could be 40-foot in diameter, larger than the Great Orpheus Pavement at Woodchester.

Man discovers golden Iron Age collar worth 520,000 dollars with metal detector
An amateur treasure hunter hit gold when he found an Iron Age collar worth 520,000 dollars in a field near Newark. Maurice Richardson, who excavated the 2,200-year-old gold collar will not get to keep it but has received an undisclosed reward and his find has been acquired by local museum. "Normally I'd never want to go into this field because a plane crashed there in the last war, and the whole place is littered with bits of metal." JD Hill, head of the British Museum in London's Iron Age department, said: "When I first saw a picture of it, I thought somebody was pulling my leg... It's a fabulous thing, the best Iron Age find in 50 years."

Metal detector discoveres 1,500 year old gold pendant
Metal detecting enthusiast Andy Sales discovered a gold pendant, which dated back 1,500 years and has been declared treasure trove. A coroner has declared the item treasure trove after a British Museum expert analysed and dated it to between 491-518 AD. The curator in early medieval coinage, Dr Gareth Williams, said it was a gold tremissis having the image of the Byzantine emperor, Anastasius the First. But the coin was not Byzantine but a later visogothic imitation. Andy commented: "I have found all sorts of stuff including Roman and Saxon broaches and coins but nothing that has been declared treasure trove before."

Amateur treasure hunter finds bejewelled cross with metal detector
A pure gold cross - valued at least 25,000 pounds - has been discovered in Nottinghamshire, UK, by a man with a metal detector. The inch-long piece of Anglo Saxon jewellery, dating from the 7th century, is made out of 18-carat gold. It is believed the cross, decorated with fine detail and adorned with red gemstones, might have originally held a religious relic. Two of the four gemstones and any relic are missing. It is made with gold, most likely melted down from Merovingian French coins. The red stones are among the world's most ancient gems and were used by ancient Greeks.

Never-Before-Seen Pure Gold Artifact Found Off Fla. Coast
An archaeologist and treasure-hunting divers found a gold artifact likely from a Spanish galleon that went down in a hurricane in the 1600s. The treasure, thought to be a grooming tool made with gold and earwax, was discovered 40 miles off Key West. Treasure hunters were searching the shipwreck trail of the Spanish galleon Santa Margarita that sank in 1622 when the discovery was made. Several other discoveries were made, including skeleton keys and rigging elements. In 2007 gold bars and a lead box containing thousands of pearls carried by the Margarita ship were found - totalling $2 million.