Metal detecting is a pastime that can be as lucrative as it is fascinating. Case in point: in 2014, metal detectorist Paul Coleman found a hoard of 5,251 Anglo Saxon silver coins worth £1.3 million ($1.7 million).
Now, a Redditor has revealed what they claim to be their findings after two months of metal detecting at a river, and they're mostly comprised of gold wedding rings.
That's a lot of gold rings
Metal detecting can reveal incredible stories from our past. In 2012, for example, a 13-year-old boy detected a 10,000-year-old piece of meteorite out in the desert, providing the scientific community with insight into our solar system.
As Redditor EstablishmentNo9815's image shows, the metal detectorist might have unearthed stories of a very different kind.
What two months of pro river metaldetecting looks like, all those rings are gold rings. from r/interestingasfuck
After the original poster pointed out in his description that "all those rings are gold rings," several people openly questioned how many of them might be wedding rings.
One commenter, MusingAudibly, wrote, "several look like wedding bands. I wonder how many were lost, and how many intentionally thrown away. That’s a lot of stories in the palm of your hand."
Another commenter wrote, "3rd from the left, above the two front rings, might want to throw that one in a volcano, maybe take some friends with you, the journey could be dangerous." Others inevitably replied simply by saying, "my precious."
Metal detector success
Though the OP didn't state what gear they used for their findings, several commenters suggested that they likely used the Garrett AT Pro Metal Detector, a popular choice for enthusiasts of all things old and rusty, or a similar model.
However, for all we know, the metal detectorist used anything from a metal-detecting robot to any number of other metal detector models based on early designs by the likes of Alexander Graham Bell in the 19th century.