It’s amazing what you can find! These unbelievable discoveries of 2008 make it exciting to be a collector, and for many of these lucky finders, provide quite a nice cash reward as well. Maybe it is finally time to dig your old metal detector out of the closet (doesn’t everybody have one of those?) and think about building some extra income this year – with some kind of awesome discovery! Avast, matey, buried treasure!
1. Gold Coins found in Jerusalem
Nadine Ross from Britain uncovered one of the most massive hoards of ancient gold coins ever discovered in Israel when she recently discovered 264 Byzantine gold coins dating back more than 1,300 years while volunteering on an archaeological dig in Israel. “”We moved some big rocks out of the way and I dug underneath and there it was.” Apparently before she left Britain for the dig, some of her friends had jokingly referred to her as Indiana Jones. “I don’t think they’d believe me if I told them I found … gold.” The coins appeared to be in excellent condition and were from the period AD 610 and 613.
2. A Hobbyist with a Metal Detector Strikes Gold… and Silver!
A hobbyist from the Netherlands struck both gold and silver when he discovered an ancient hoard of ancient Celtic coins while searching in a cornfield with a metal detector earlier this year. “It’s exciting, like a little boy’s dream,” said Paul Curfs, the 47 year old amateur collector about the amazing find. He had been searching in the field with the metal detector and had almost decided to finish up when he heard that first beep on his earphones and unearthed the first coin. “It was golden and had a little horse on it — I had no idea what I had found,” he said. Experts say that the cache of 39 gold and 70 silver coins was minted in the middle of the first century B.C.
via source: Fox News
3. 300 Morgan Silver Dollars Found in Backyard Treasure
While digging a trench to run utilities for a swimming pool , one of the plumbers had just dug about a foot deep when he discovered a bunch of dirty little objects. A closer look revealed them to be coins – old coins from 1887. Careful digging soon revealed a lot more coins – 300 to be exact, with Lady Liberty on one side and a picture of the American eagle on the other. The coins turned out to be mint quality Morgan silver dollars which were dated from 1878 to 1904.
via source: amarillo
4. Treasure Hunter Discovers Gold Ring with Rare Black Diamond
A treasure hunter was amazed when he uncovered a medieval gold ring with a rare black diamond set inside it while searching in a field in the UK earlier this year. According to the rarity of the black diamond which would have come from Africa, it is believed the ring would have belonged to a wealthy person either from the Church, or possibly royalty. The finder, John Stevens, couldn’t believe his eyes when he cleaned of the dirt and saw lettering that indicated that the ring was from an early medieval period. The ring has not been valued yet but is possibly from the 11th century and thought to be worth tens of thousands of pounds.
via source : Daily Mail
5. Amateur Hits Gold Unearthed Golden Collar Valued at over $500,000
An amateur treasure hunter from London hit gold when he uncovered an Iron Age golden collar worth more $520,000 dollars in a muddy field in Nottinghamshire this year. The finder Maurice Richardson will not get to keep his treasure but has received an undisclosed reward and his lucky discovery has been acquired by a local museum. “I was only in the field because a customer kept me late,” Richardson, a tree surgeon, told the Guardian newspaper.
via source: Guardian
6. Treasure Hunter Finds Rare Gold Coins
A treasure-hunter could be in line for a small fortune after discovering two rare coins bearing the likeness of a little-known rebel Roman emperor and dating back to AD286. While digging in a field in Ashbourne, Derrick Fretwell discovered the rare coins, considered to be “priceless” by experts at the British Museum and made from approximately 90 percent gold. “I’ll be intrigued to find out what they are worth, although to me their worth is their rarity value.” Gold coins of Carausius are considered extremely rare with only 24 known to be in existence.
via source: CoinLink
7. 72 Year Old Woman Uncovers Roman Treasure
A piece of Roman treasure was discovered on farmland near Clifton in the third find by 72 year old Alice Wright. Mrs. Wright, a metal detector enthusiast for over 35 years found the small golden leaf while searching on March 23. The tiny leaf , dating back to sometime between the first and fourth century was typical of Roman plaques that were dedicated at temples in Britain, has been declared a treasure trove meaning she may receive a reward for her discovery. She said: “It was so small and then we unfolded it and realised it was something ancient. We’ve got no idea how much it is worth – it’s only little.”
via source: This is Nottingham
8. Viking Hoard Discovered in Sweden
Hundreds of coins were uncovered in an ancient Viking hoard in Stockholm in a treasure made up mainly of Arabic coins that were buried about 1,150 years ago and are the largest early Viking cache ever discovered in Sweden. Archaeologists unexpectedly found the hoard of 472 silver coins, dating back to about A.D. 850 while excavating a Bronze Age tomb near Stockholm’s Arlanda airport. Kenneth Jonsson, a professor of coin studies at the University of Stockholm, has independently dated the hoard to about A.D. 850.
source via: National Geographic
9. Metal Detector Enthusiast Finds 6000 Roman Coins
6,000 copper alloy coins were found by Derek Eveleigh, 79 buried in two pots in a sheep field at Sully, Vale of Glamorgan by a metal detector enthusiast in a find that experts have called “exceptional”. The coins dating back approximately 1700 years, showed images from the reigns of various Roman emperors, notably Constantine I. He said: “I had a signal first and when it was deep I thought I better dig it – and that was it.”
via source: BBC
10. Bus Driver Digs up £80,000 Worth of Bronze Axe Heads
Mr Peirce, a 60 year old bus driver decided to take some time out to search a field with his metal detector after dropping some school coaches off at a local farm and ran across something that caused his device to start beeping strongly within only a few minutes. After digging about 10 more inches into the ground he discovered a piece of an axe head. After digging even deeper he discovered many more. Over the course of only two days, he and his colleague Les Keith uncovered nearly 500 bronze artefacts dating over 3,000 years old.
The exceptional discovery which included 268 complete axe heads, is one of the largest of its kind in Britain. Mr Peirce said: “We are extremely thrilled because this was a once-in-a-lifetime find. It’s like winning the lottery – you don’t think it is going to happen to you. You do it as a hobby, you don’t do it for the money but if you strike it lucky, so be it.”
via source: This is London
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