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  • Metal-detecting couple find one of Britain's biggest ever treasure hoards [tr]

    08/26/2019 6:23:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 25, 2019 | James Gant
    A metal-detecting couple have found one of the biggest treasure hoards in British history which is believed to be worth around £5million. Adam Staples and partner Lisa Grace unearthed the 'once in a lifetime' find of almost 2,600 ancient coins that date back 1,000 years. Although the find is smaller than the famous Staffordshire Hoard - the biggest collection of buried coins and artefacts discovered in Britain - it is thought to be at least £1million more valuable.
  • A 125-year-old dime just sold for $1.32 million

    08/20/2019 12:57:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | August 20, 2019 | David Wiliams
    A Utah businessman paid $1.32 million for a dime last week at a Chicago coin auction. It wasn't just any 10-cent piece; the 1894-S Barber Dime is one of only 24 that were ever made, according to Stack's Bowers Galleries, which held the auction Thursday night. Only nine of the coins are confirmed to still exist. The coin was purchased by Dell Loy Hansen, who also owns the Real Salt Lake MLS team.
  • Medieval 'pot o' gold' discovered by construction workers

    03/16/2018 1:48:23 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 43 replies
    Just in time for Saint Patrick’s Day — two construction workers in Holland have discovered a real-life “pot o’ gold.” The workers from water company Oasen made the stunning find when they were laying pipes in the new town of Hoef and Haag, in the province of Utrecht, LiveScience reports. During the construction work, they dug up a medieval cooking pot that contained 12 gold and 462 silver coins. The coins have been dated to the 15th century. It's unclear at this point who will keep the coins. After finding the pot, "it literally and figuratively rained coins," the company...
  • An anchor thought to be from a shipwreck carrying a billion pounds of treasure has been found...

    03/05/2019 12:31:49 PM PST · by Red Badger · 52 replies
    inews.co.uk ^ | Monday March 4th 2019 | Josh Barrie
    'There will be people going after the treasure' In brief The Merchant Royal sank in 1641 while carrying gold bars and Mexican silver In today's money, the ship's cargo would be worth in excess of £1 billion An expert scuba diver said people should be cautious about treasure hunting in dangerous seas A scuba-diving treasure hunter said he now fears a “dangerous” gold rush after what is thought to be the anchor of the most valuable British shipwreck in history was found off the coast of Cornwall. The anchor is believed to be that of the Merchant Royal, which sank...
  • Anchor from 'most valuable shipwreck in history' found

    03/05/2019 5:08:55 PM PST · by robowombat · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 5, 2019 | James Rogers
    Anchor from 'most valuable shipwreck in history' found Anchor found off of U.K. coast could be from one of Britain’s richest ship wrecks An anchor brought up in a trawler's fishing nets off the coast of the U.K. is reportedly from a 17th-century shipwreck. The anchor is believed to be from the Merchant Royal, which has been described as one of Britain’s richest wrecks, carrying cargo worth around $10.5 million. SWNS reports that the anchor, believed to be from the Merchant Royal, was brought up in a fishing vessel’s net 20 miles off Land's End, Cornwall. The merchant ship sank...
  • France seizes Corsica's Lava Treasure coins

    01/20/2019 8:07:32 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    TANN (The Archaeology News Network) ^ | December 14, 2010 | Richard Giedroyc | Source: Numismaster
    France recently seized an unannounced number of third century A.D. Roman gold coins as well as an ancient gold plate allegedly with a pedigree linking the material to the Lava Treasure... first encountered about 25 years ago when three Corsicans diving for sea urchins spotted gold in the shallow waters there... the official French national police statement released Oct. 27 in which it says, "This submerged treasure, identified as a maritime cultural asset, belongs to the state." ...As Ancient Coin Collectors Guild spokesman Wayne G. Sayles commented in the October 2010 issue of The Celator magazine, "[coins are] utilitarian objects...
  • Cache of gold coins and 900-year-old gold earring found in Caesarea

    12/10/2018 3:55:41 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | December 3, 2018 | Rachel Bernstein
    The coins are dated to the end of the 11th century, which would link the cache to the Crusader conquest of the city in the year 1101, one of the more critical events in the city's medieval history... A small bronze pot was found a few days ago at the Caesarea National Park, and inside it were 24 gold coins and a gold earring... found hidden between two stones in the side of a wall, located in a house in a neighborhood that dated from the Abbasid and Fatimid periods (909-1171 CE)... According to the Antiquities Authority, most inhabitants of...
  • Archaeologists found treasure of silver Celtic coins

    12/10/2018 1:02:49 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Slovak Spectator ^ | November 24, 2018 | SITA, Compiled by Spectator staff
    Archaeologists found a treasure of Celtic coins in Mosskaovce near Turãianske Teplice. The finding of 40 coins contains the most precious coins that Celts minted in this era, so-called tetradrachms. "The Celts had highly-developed coin system; tetradrachms have four times the higher value of other nominals," explains Karol Pieta, deputy of director from Archaeological Institute of Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAV) in Nitra, as quoted by the SITA newswire. Tetradrachms are about nine to ten grams in weight, as if they have four drachms inside, which were the smallest coins in that time, Pieta explains. It is highly probable that...
  • 13-Year-Old Boy Finds Treasure Trove of 1,000-Year-Old Silver Coins

    04/16/2018 10:51:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | April 16, 2018 | Kirsten Grieshaber
    Hundreds of 1,000-year-old silver coins, rings, pearls and bracelets linked to the era of Danish King Harald Gormsson have been found on the eastern German island of Ruegen in the Baltic Sea. A single silver coin was first found in January by two amateur archaeologists, one of them a 13-year-old boy, in a field near the village of Schaprode. The state archaeology office then became involved and the entire treasure was uncovered by experts over the weekend, the Mecklenburg-West Pomerania state archaeology office said Monday.
  • [E]xplorers searching for the famed steamship Pulaski... find a wreck filled with silver coins

    01/27/2018 9:17:01 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    Dailymail.com ^ | 20 January 2018 | Forrest Hanson For
    A survivor's account in the Wilmington Advertiser tells of 'the wailing of the hopeless beings who were floating around in every direction, upon pieces of the wreck, to seek land'. McLeod's account, compiled from survivor's recollections, reads: 'The boat parted in two with a tremendous crash, and the bow and stern rose somewhat out of the water, but the latter again continued to sink until the water reached the promenade deck, when it separated into two parts, upset and precipitated all on it into the water.' The North Carolina Standard deemed the disaster to be 'the most painful catastrophe that...
  • medieval treasure trove of 2,200 pieces of silver, 21 Islamic gold coins and a stunning signet ring

    11/16/2017 3:24:23 PM PST · by mairdie · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 16 November 2017 | Shivali Best
    Archaeologists have discovered an 'exceptional' treasure trove of precious objects at the Abbey of Cluny, a former Benedictine monastery in France's Saône-et-Loire More than 2,000 objects have been found, including silver deniers - or pennies - Islamic gold coins, a signet ring and several gold items. The discovery is the first time that gold coins from the Arab lands, silver French deniers and a signet ring have ever been found together in a single, enclosed complex. Researchers from the Universite Lumiere Lyon discovered the items as part of an archaeological dig at the Abbey of Cluny, which started in 2015....
  • A high-stakes dispute over ten pieces of gold’: Court reclaims gold coins for U.S. government[tr]

    08/02/2016 9:55:58 AM PDT · by NRx · 30 replies
    WaPo ^ | 08-02-2016 | Ben Guarino
    [Full title: ‘A high-stakes dispute over ten pieces of gold’: Court reclaims priceless Double Eagle coins for U.S. government] When the coins were struck in 1933, the United States Mint must have understood the golden pieces were the last of a dying breed. What the minters could not have foreseen was the saga of thievery and legal limbo that would unfold over the next 90 years, centered on 10 of the gold coins that bore Lady Liberty on the front and a soaring eagle on the reverse. At the time they were minted, the gold pieces had a face value...
  • 4,000 coins found in Roman treasure trove in Swiss orchard

    11/19/2015 11:59:36 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Thursday 19 November 2015 | Agence France-Presse
    A trove of more than 4,000 bronze and silver coins dating back to ancient Rome, uncovered this summer in the orchard of a fruit and vegetable farmer, has been described as one of the biggest treasures of this kind found in Switzerland. The huge hoard of coins, buried about 1,700 years ago and weighing 15kg (33lb), was discovered in Ueken, in Switzerland’s northern canton of Aargau, after the farmer spotted some shimmering green coins on a molehill in his cherry orchard... On Thursday the archaeological service announced that after months of digs, 4,166 coins had been found at the site,...
  • Florida family unearths gold coins worth over $1M from 1715 shipwreck

    07/28/2015 7:57:31 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 27,2015
    A Florida man has uncovered gold artifacts worth over $1 million from the wreckage of a Spanish fleet that sank in a storm off the Florida coast three centuries ago. The find by Eric Schmitt was announced late Monday by a salvage company that owns the rights to the site where the coins and jewels were found. "The treasure was actually found a month ago,” Brent Brisben of 1715 Fleet — Queens Jewels LLC told Florida Today. Keeping word of the haul from getting out was "particularly hard for the family that found it," Brisben added. "They’ve been beside themselves."...
  • Ancient Egyptian visitors to Australia or miner's mishap? Riddle of the rainforest coin

    09/13/2018 11:50:39 AM PDT · by Theoria · 18 replies
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | 03 June 2018 | Mark Rigby
    Unearthed in 1912, squirreled away for a lifetime and then handed in to a museum — the story behind the discovery of an ancient Egyptian coin in far north Queensland is almost as mysterious as how it came to be there.The bronze coin — about the same size as a 50 cent piece — was minted during the reign of Ptolemy IV, between 221 and 204BC.More than two millennia later it was found about seven centimetres underground in the depths of the far north Queensland rainforest.The man who found it, Andrew Henderson, had abandoned the gold mining fields of...
  • $1 Million in Gold Coins From 1715 Shipwreck on the Market

    11/07/2016 6:57:31 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    WTOP ^ | November 7, 2016
    A New Orleans investment firm has begun marketing gold coins from a 300-year-old shipwreck discovered off Florida’s coast. Blanchard and Co. is one of two dealers offering the coins from an area where 11 treasure-laden ships of a Spanish fleet were smashed onto reefs by a hurricane on July 31, 1715. The other dealer is California-based Monaco Rare Coins. John Albanese, a New Jersey-based coin expert who brokered the sales, said in an interview Friday that most of the 295 coins being offered were found by divers exploring the area last year on the 300th anniversary of the disaster.
  • In mint condition! Millions of pounds-worth of pristine 5th-century gold coins are found buried [tr]

    09/10/2018 6:19:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 57 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 9, 2018 | Charlie Moore
    A stash of fifth-century gold coins worth millions has been found buried in a pot under an Italian theatre. Builders demolishing the former Cressoni theatre in Como were stunned to discover the cache last Wednesday. The Roman coins will be examined and dated before ending up in a museum, officials said.
  • Roman gold coins discovered in Italian theatre

    09/12/2018 7:10:49 AM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 27 replies
    The Local IT ^ | 9 September 2018 | staff
    Hundreds of ancient Roman gold coins have been discovered on the site of an old theatre in Como in northern Italy, the Ministry of Culture said. The coins date back to the end of the Roman Empire in the 5th century and were found in a kind of stone urn in the Cressoni theatre basement, not far from the site of the ancient city of Novum Comum.    According to Italian media, the coins could be worth millions of euros.   "We do not yet know in detail the historical and cultural significance of this discovery but this area is a real...
  • What do coins on military tombstones mean?

    05/27/2018 3:04:41 PM PDT · by Morgana · 42 replies
    ABC ^ | May 28, 2017 | abc
    Have you ever been in a cemetery and saw coins laying on a tombstone? Col. Dave Taylor, a Vietnam War veteran, explained the tradition and the reason behind it. A coin left on a headstone lets the deceased soldier's family know that somebody stopped by to pay their respects. If you leave a penny, it means you visited. A nickel means that you and the deceased soldier trained at boot camp together. If you served with the soldier, you leave a dime. A quarter is very significant because it means that you were there when that soldier was killed.
  • Coins from destruction of Second Temple found in time for Passover

    04/03/2018 1:24:53 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | March 26, 2018 | Lidar Grave-Lazi
    Coins dating from the Jewish revolt against the Roman Empire (66 CE-70 CE) were discovered by archeologists during excavations near the southern wall of the Temple Mount on Monday, according to the Israel Nature and Parks Authority. The archeological dig, run by Dr. Eilat Mazar of the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, uncovered dozens of bronze coins measuring approximately 1.5 cm., as well as numerous fragments of pottery vessels. The vessels, mainly jars and cooking pots, were left behind by Jewish residents who hid in a large cave that measured seven meters by 14 m. The...