Gary Drayton (nicknamed – Metal Detecting Ninja) is a metal detecting expert, YouTuber, and TV personality who appears on the History Channel television show ”The Curse of Oak Land!”
He has his own catchphrases upon finding treasure including – “That’s a top pocket find,” “That’s a Bobby Dazzler,” and “Holy Shamoly.”
Drayton was born on May 30, 1961, in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England, UK.
He grew up in Grimsby, an English seaport and administrative center in North East Lincolnshire, close to where it reaches the North Sea.
According to his bio:
”I am originally from Grimsby Lincolnshire in the UK, where my hobby was ‘Mud larking’ searching for old bottles and clay pipes on river banks before getting into metal detecting.”
He moved to the US in 1989. After hurricanes Jeanne and Francis swept across the US, Gary decided to sweep nearby beaches with his metal detector.
The Curse of Oak Island
He is one of the members of The Curse of Oak Island crew, a reality TV series that features the Oak Island mystery (unexplained objects and buried treasure found on Oak Island in Nova Scotia).
It premiered on January 5, 2014. Craig Tester is a producer for ”The Curse of Oak Island.”
Gary said about being on the TV series:
”I feel very proud I was able to add my name to the legend of Oak Island.”
Drayton focused on places other people who came before found too difficult to access. Also, he is specialized in shallow water and beaches.
He said about his treasure hunting philosophy:
”I use a metal detector but I also use my twin optical scanners to ensure I am always in the right place at the right time.”
Gary has published two books:
- A Guide to Searching Heavily Hunted Beaches – in the book, Drayton explains how to succeed with a metal detector. In addition, he details the methods of beating the competition to coins and jewelry at the heavily hunted beach;
- How to find old coins and artifacts (2016) – in the book, Gary writes about the secrets to beach and water hunting success and metal detecting methods.
Drayton is probably married, however, he didn’t reveal any information to his viewers and followers.
Gary has two daughters, name Anya and Katya.
”I got really, really good at finding Rolexes and diamond rings.” (Business Insider)
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”That’s the thing about England. You’re walking over history. I was always fascinated with it.”
He has found hundreds of war artifacts, Bronze Ship Spikes, crosses with diamond, jewelry of all types, coins, and gold rings.
Among his most valuable finds are:
- a 36-inch gold chain that came out of Davy Jones locker;
- a Roman perfume bottle dating from the Roman occupation;
- a yard of 14K gold;
- a Rolex Submariner;
- a Scottish masonic ring with 3/4 carat mine cut diamond;
- a silver 17th-century Spanish religious object;
- a 22K gold coin ring with 40 diamonds;
- a Tiffany & Co platinum band with a 1.5-carat diamond, worth of $10,000;
- a 1715 Spanish ring made from Inca gold and set with 9 emeralds;
- a 300-year-old Emerald Treasure Ring worth of $500,000.
His first Minelab metal detector was the EXCALIBUR. He also uses a CTX 3030, the Equinox 800, and the GPX 5000.
He received the nickname “metal-detecting ninja” by fellow treasure hunter Matty Blake due to his ability to dig up many pieces of metal.
His YouTube channel was created on February 13, 2013. At the moment, he has over 5,770 subscribers.
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When asked by MineLab about the biggest mistake that most treasure hunters make, he responded:
”The biggest mistake a lot of other beach hunters do is waiting for good treasure hunting conditions.”
Drayton went on to say:
”I never rely on other people’s ideas of good conditions or go to search for a beach because I have heard of something being found there.”
Gary Drayton – Net Worth
Drayton earned most of his wealth from being a metal-detecting expert. Gary estimates that he has found at least $1 million worth of loot (rings, coins, etc) over the years.
In addition, Gary has made money from appearing on ”The Curse of Oak Land!” Additionally, he has appeared on the reality television series ”Expedition Unknown!” with Josh Gates.
Moreover, he sells merch (including his books) on his website – garydrayton.com/New_Sovereign_book_.php. Therefore, Gary Drayton has an estimated net worth of $1.5 million.
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