Very rewarding detective work
Some metal detectorists really strike it lucky. Earlier this year, Erlend Bore chanced upon what's been described as Norway's 'gold find of the century' when he unearthed a hoard of jewellery dating back to around AD500. He made the incredible discovery while out walking on doctor's orders. While his haul has yet to be valued, there's every chance it could end up being one of the most significant in history.
From shipwrecked treasure to enormous gold nuggets, read on to discover 30 of the most valuable metal detector finds ever.
All dollar values in US dollars, unless otherwise specified, and currency conversions correct at the time of valuation.