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Guy With Metal Detector Finds $1 Million in Roman Coins
Gizmodo ^ | July 10, 2010 | Gizmodo

Posted on 07/10/2010 5:45:29 PM PDT by James C. Bennett

Considering how thrilled I was just to find this story, I can only imagine the delirious, all-consuming excitement felt by Dave Crisp, a British hospital chef, when his metal detector uncovered this pot of 52,000 Roman coins.

Crisp was lolling with his detector in a field in southwestern England when he made the discovery, eventually unearthing some 50,000 silver and bronze coins dating from 253 to 293 AD. Over 700 of them bear the face of Marcus Aurelius Carausius, a Roman general who ruled Britain and was the first to make coins in the region.

Crisp, a self-described "metal detectorist," explained that he would have to share the coins' estimated $1 million value with the farmer who owns the land on which they were buried. Still, I imagine that the prospect of a $500,000 payday will be enough to inspire a whole new generation of detectorists. [CNN]

Send an email to Kyle VanHemert, the author of this post, at kvanhemert@gizmodo.com.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: archaeology; carausius; davecrisp; epigraphyandlanguage; frome; godsgravesglyphs; roman; romanempire; rome; somerset; treasure

1 posted on 07/10/2010 5:45:36 PM PDT by James C. Bennett
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To: James C. Bennett
Only worth 1 million? I am surprised they aren't worth more. I'll buy one from him right now.
2 posted on 07/10/2010 5:49:47 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: James C. Bennett
"Let me call in a buddy who's an expert in this sorta thing...."

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3 posted on 07/10/2010 5:55:01 PM PDT by digger48
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To: James C. Bennett

Looks more like a Romancoinus Rex dinosaur egg to me.


4 posted on 07/10/2010 5:55:52 PM PDT by historyrepeatz
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To: Ditter
Only worth 1 million?

That's on $20 each. Lot's of people would pay more than that.

Some good marketing, presentation, certificates of authenticity, and all that would fetch a lot more.

5 posted on 07/10/2010 6:02:11 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is <strike>fading</strike>gone.)
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To: Right Wing Assault

So ancient metal coins from a government which no longer exists hold their value moreso than Federal Reserve Notes printed on paper?

There’s a lesson in there somewhere.


6 posted on 07/10/2010 6:05:14 PM PDT by InternetTuffGuy
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To: digger48

Better call Chumley.


7 posted on 07/10/2010 6:07:40 PM PDT by Crawdad (Obamacare will lead to back-alley physicals.)
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To: digger48

Why do i like that show?


8 posted on 07/10/2010 6:10:47 PM PDT by John 3_19-21 (A lie told over and over again is still a lie.)
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To: James C. Bennett

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/07/09/uk.roman.coin.treasure/index.html?hpt=C2&fbid=0sR9KByBzYR


9 posted on 07/10/2010 6:11:16 PM PDT by A. Morgan
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To: James C. Bennett
This man is a fool for going public.
If he needed to contact the landowner, he should have done it privately.
If I ever find old coins I ain't telling nobody.
10 posted on 07/10/2010 6:12:42 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Mexico is the U.S. version of Hamas)
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To: InternetTuffGuy
So ancient metal coins from a government which no longer exists hold their value moreso than Federal Reserve Notes printed on paper? There’s a lesson in there somewhere.

Indeed.

11 posted on 07/10/2010 6:13:24 PM PDT by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: digger48

Fake show. The only one mildly entertaining is the “old man”.


12 posted on 07/10/2010 6:13:35 PM PDT by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: Lockbar

More staged then fake.
I enjoy it, but the owners have to feel a little slighted the way Chumley has become the star.


13 posted on 07/10/2010 6:19:44 PM PDT by winodog
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To: digger48

Everybody that cusses, puts money in the cuss jar.

14 posted on 07/10/2010 6:20:50 PM PDT by Hillbillary (I know how to deal with Communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Lockbar

I bet he will get less of that than they say right now. I believe there are some rules over there about this type of stuff. Like the Gubment gets first dibs.

Might be wrong but I think I read about this a few months ago, not this one exactly but another treasure found in England.

Probably read it here on FR


15 posted on 07/10/2010 6:21:47 PM PDT by BookaT (My cat's breath smells like cat food!)
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To: BookaT

I will second your recollection with my own memory of a recent historical find in the UK. IIRC, the Brit .gov has total say (not just first dibs) on historical artifacts. Basically “thanks for digging that up, old sod, we never would have found it without you — now begone with you...”


16 posted on 07/10/2010 6:26:53 PM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: Crawdad
Photobucket
17 posted on 07/10/2010 6:29:59 PM PDT by digger48
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To: SunkenCiv

Follow-up story ‘ping’


18 posted on 07/10/2010 6:33:52 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman (Blessed Is The Nation Whose God is the Lord. Psalm 33:12)
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To: James C. Bennett
surprised the government dint take it...
19 posted on 07/10/2010 6:36:50 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Me either.


20 posted on 07/10/2010 6:45:37 PM PDT by packrat35 (Planned Parenthood... killing more blacks than the Ku Klux Klan could have ever dreamed of.)
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To: BookaT
My crock of gold: Chef discovers largest ever hoard of Roman coins in a field

Under the 1996 Treasure Act, anyone who finds a group of buried coins has to declare it to the coroner within two weeks. If the coins are bought, as planned, by the Museum of Somerset, the reward will shared between Mr Crisp and the landowner.

The Secretary of State determines market value.

The Treasure Act 1996 Code of Practice (2nd Revision)(pdf)

21 posted on 07/10/2010 6:49:46 PM PDT by Stentor
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To: Hillbillary

"Hey old man, I think someone found those coins you lost..."

22 posted on 07/10/2010 7:02:43 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Political correctness in America today is a Rip Van Winkle acid trip.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
If I ever find old coins I ain't telling nobody.

Why not? Tell them you found 5,000 coins and see how it goes. Later on you might "get lucky" and find more (of your now hidden hoard).

23 posted on 07/10/2010 7:26:58 PM PDT by roadcat
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To: winodog

Is it “Chumley” or “Cholmondeley”?


24 posted on 07/10/2010 7:30:23 PM PDT by ikka
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To: ikka

this seems very staged indeed. Next they will dig up the russel crowe


25 posted on 07/10/2010 7:39:47 PM PDT by truthbetold11 (truthbetold11)
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To: InternetTuffGuy

Yeah, but don’t tell Karl Denninger or any of the monetarists.

They’ll turn purple and call you names. Because that linen has so much more “potential,” if only the right people were running it (sound familiar?).


26 posted on 07/10/2010 7:46:41 PM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

In the UK ALL archeological finds are IMMEDIATELY turned over to the authorities for disposition. If he wanted to sell these he would have had to do this.


27 posted on 07/10/2010 7:52:54 PM PDT by US Navy Vet
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To: John 3_19-21
Why do i like that show?

Cause it's like Antiques Roadshow with silliness, haggling and petty insults thrown in to make it even better.

28 posted on 07/10/2010 10:10:40 PM PDT by MCH
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To: Right Wing Assault

Looking those up they are worth between $50 to $100 retail.


29 posted on 07/10/2010 10:18:17 PM PDT by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric cartman voice* 'I love you guys')
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To: T-Bird45

The Bits do pay finders for what they find but they do take the treasure after payment, probably don’t pay what the treasure is actually worth but 500,000 is better than nothing at all.


30 posted on 07/11/2010 6:33:45 AM PDT by calex59
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31 posted on 07/12/2010 4:28:15 AM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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