Maybe the person who found this won’t be able to pawn it off for a hefty sum, but they can definitely be happy about discovering a piece of history. This stamp-looking plate was actually a printing plate used in a letterpress machine in order to print an ad in the newspaper. Before the Linotype was invented, each letter printed in the press had to be set by hand.
This particular one is of an advertisement for Penetro Nose Drops, from the 1930s. What is fantastic about these drops is that they claimed to alleviate everything from chest congestion to head colds and indigestion. The list of ingredients must be quite interesting.
1.6 Grams of Gold
There are many things to love about California, and one of them is the fact that you can still find gold buried anywhere underground. Because it was the epicenter of the Gold Rush, there are still remnants of the precious metal under the soil, you just have to look well enough.
This guy and his friends went out with their metal detectors to see who could pull out the biggest bounty, and with 1.6 grams of gold, he won. It may not look like much, pictured as a few small rocks on the guy’s hand, but those tiny nuggets are worth over $100.
A Lost Good Luck Charm
At first, this may look like some suspicious medallion from medieval times, but at a second look, one can see it is simply a very beautifully designed good luck charm. It features the Star of David with a downward facing “hamsa” or “hand of God”, which signifies abundance and protection.
The person who found it might have unknowingly unearthed something that was very special to whoever lost it. Judging by the loop at the top, it seems to be some kind of pendant, so whoever this belonged to, they are probably pretty upset to have lost their good luck charm.
A Graduation Ring Returned to Its Rightful Owner
One of the best things that can happen when finding treasures with a metal detector is being able to return them to their owners – especially when they are of such great sentimental value. This University of Michigan graduation ring is one such example of a heartwarming story.
A guy who was doing some metal detecting in Chicago Park found a graduation ring from the 1980s, and after a lot of research, he managed to track its owner down and return it to him. The man said he had lost it 43 years ago while playing volleyball in the park, and he was in tears when it was returned to him.
Infantry Button From the American Civil War
This guy seemed to find a few artifacts from the American Civil War right in his backyard. First, he found a war buckle and then he found the same soldier’s infantry button, with the characteristic eagle insignia. The finder’s home wasn’t even on an old battle encampment or battlefield, but it was probably the private property of an ex-soldier back in the 1800s.
This guy should definitely dedicate a few days to digging around the entire area, because who knows what other war artifacts he might find. There might actually be an entire treasure trove of Civil War relics.