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Beachcomber discovers mysterious hoard of more than 100 foreign coins

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Robert Hodsdon from Galveston regularly metal detects on the local beach and usually makes the typical finds like a few bottle caps, some coins and the odd jewellery.
One day he made a mysterious discovery of more than 100 various foreign coins buried under the sand.
He says that while swinging his metal detector it made several beeps and he was sure it was just a coin spill which got lost.
Clyde Longworth was searching for items on the beach with Hodsdon when he noticed he was still on the same spot for more than an hour, pulling handfuls of coins, which is very unusual.
The find was made on the front of the eastern sea well where they have searched many times without uncovering foreign coins.
It soon became evident that the discovery was not a coincidence. The coins originated from Australia, India, Fiji,  and several European countries.


He believed the coins were stolen and planned on returning them to their owner.  Following an Internet search it was found that days prior, Peter …

Hoard of Roman coins unearthed under an old tree.

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A hoard of over 200 Roman silver and bronze coins was unearthed in the central part of Mezdra, Bulgaria. The hoard was found under the roots of an old plum tree, during clearing of a property belonging to sisters Neli and Petq Krustevi.
While removing the tree, the top of an old ceramic pot became visible. One of the workers attempted to remove the pot from the ground, but it broke because of it's fragile material and the ancient coins spilled out. The property owners have collected the coins with all pieces of the ceramic pot and reported it to the local museum.
Experts concluded that the coins are Roman Denarius and Antoninianus with various denomination and predominantly of silver content. Most dates from 1st century AD.



Exceptionally rare Early Medieval crucifix discovered.

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Mr. Tom Redmayne from Lincolnshire discovered a very rare ancient crucifix while metal detecting on a field in Skidbrooke.
The item has been evaluated to date from the Early Medieval age (AD950-1150).
Cast in lead alloy, it is described as 26.36mm in height, 18.7mm in width, with a weight of 4.01 grams. A dent on the top suggests it had a suspension loop.
The crucifix displays Christ on the cross with three emphasized dots on the torso, which experts believe may represent the Holy Trinity.
According to archaeologist Adam Daubney, from Lincolnshire County Council, only one other near identical, almost-complete piece was found on August 2015 in Swinhope.
Mr. Daubney also said the crucifix was likely designed in England from a Scandinavian prototype, but made overseas and tells us something about cross-channel trade and religion during that era.

Mr. Redmayne said when he found the item, he guessed it was possibly ancient, due to it's unrefined design, but did not initially realize t…

Mystery of 14 000 World War identity tags found hidden in a field.

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37-year-old Dan Mackay made an astonishing discovery while relic hunting in a field near London, where a remaining Second World War anti-aircraft battery is located.
Mysteriously, a large hoard of more than 14,000 identity tags were buried which belonged to soldiers who served in the war, among others, those who have fallen during the Normandy landings. The site where the discs were found is close to a discontinued factory where they were manufactured.   Identity Tags, commonly named Dog Tags, due to their resemblance to actual dog tags, were first introduced in 1907 to replace identity cards, by the British Army and in September 1916, during the First World war, Army Order 287 introduced the compulsory issue of two official tags for each soldier by the British Army, both were initially manufactured of vulcanized asbestos fiber due to the comfort of wearing the material during warm climates.  From 1960 stainless steel was used.
The first tag was a shade of green color, oblong shaped …

18 Ounce gold nugget worth more than $70000 found

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Oscar Espinoza, of Modesto, California was out with his metal detector in a woods creek in Jamestown when he struck gold.  He uncovered an 18 ounce nugget. The estimated value is $70,000.  The find has been placed somewhere away from his residence for safekeeping until it will be sold.
Bryant Shock, a local business owner, said it was a rare find and he believes it will spark collectors' interest, resulting in driving the price up four or five times.
The nugget is more valuable in it's original form because it's a piece of history and if it is melted down, only the metal will make up it's value.

2000-year-old Roman Pendant discovered

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Lee Sansom, an HGV driver from Saltney, Chesire made the discovery of a lifetime while metal detecting with his father in a group of 20 metal detectorists on a field in Farndon. At first he thought it was just a piece of junk, but as he cleared more of the mud from the find he soon realized it was of ancient origin and far more significant value.

British Museum curator Richard Hobbs said the silver Roman pendant is a very rare and valuable find.  It dates back 2000 years and is set in an orange carnelian stone, engraved on the front is a fallen soldier or gladiator holding a shield towards what appears to be a large feline, likely to be a Panther.
At the back it features five circular cuts in the shape of a cross. Experts believe it belonged to someone wealthy.
A large Roman military garrison was stationed once in Chester and the jewellery was found outside the city walls.  The pendant has been ruled a treasure and will be on display at The Grosvenor Museum in Chester following valua…

Two rare Viking coins found in Northern Ireland

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Mr. Brian Morton, a full-time carer from Moneymore, was treasure hunting on a farmland in Newcastle, County Down when he discovered two rare Viking coins. These coins are a rare type of Hiberno-Manx, mainly circulated in the Isle of Man during the eleventh century and made of 93% silver.
It is the first of their kind to be found in Northen Ireland. Experts believe they may have been dispossessed during a Viking raid on a monastery at Maghera.

Vikings commenced their attacks on Ireland around 800 AD, where they stayed until 1169, up to the time of the Norman invasion. Taking in to consideration that the coins were found at a location with no significant landmark or indicator and 5 feet (1.5m) apart, it is suggested by a former coin curator at the Ulster Museum that they were dropped and not deliberately buried. The Belfast authorities officially declared the coins as a treasure and they have been sent to the British Museum for valuation. National Museums Northern Ireland and Uls…

Hidden trunk of World War 2 soldier found

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A trunk containing the perfectly preserved possesions and uniform of a Nazi German soldier fighting on the Eastern Front has been unearthed in Nevsky Pyatachok, Russia.
Among some of the possessions found in the trunk are alcohol, cigars, uniform, shoes and a wallet with German currency.
Historians will be working on determining who the owner is and tracking down their relatives. This can be difficult and time consuming task.
 Nazi Germany declared war on Russia and began it’s invasion, breaking a non-aggression pact.
This war on the Eastern Front lasted until 1945.













Bronze Roman statue ear found near Dere street

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A three inches (eight centimeters) long ear from a life size bronze Roman statue has been unearthed by a metal detectorist in the village of Brompton-on-Swale, close to a Roman fort and settlement Cataractonium, today known as Catterick, North Yorkshire and was confirmed to date back to 200AD (1800 years old). Experts believe it broke off during transport and was never recovered to be refitted. It is one of the oldest relics of its kind ever found in Britain, incredibly rare, very detailed and of high level craftmanship.   The find was made near Dere street, which is a road built by the ancient Romans, the A1 runs along side it today.
The Roman relic was documented with a recorder of archaeological objects found by members of the public named the Portable Antiquities Scheme.
 It was sold for £1100 on auction.

Medieval knight's longsword found in Poland

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Mr.Wojciech Kot from Mircze, Poland found an intact late medieval longsword in a peat bog. The find has been handed over to Stanislw Staszic Museum in Hrubieszów. The exact location of where it was found is kept secret.
The sword has a cruciform handle and missing its original hilt, which would have been made out of either, antler, wood or bone.
It is corroded due to the time spent buried in wetland, but intact from pommel to tip. Its excellent condition reveals that there are no signs of it deliberately discarded.


Mr. Bartłomiej Bartecki, director of Stanisław Staszic Museum in Hrubieszów said that it is possible that the knight was pulled into the mash or lost his sword in the peat bog. These items in original form had a surprisingly low weight of just 1.5 kilos (3.3 lbs) despite its size of 120 centimeters (4 feet) long.  The sword was an agile weapon for  knights in battle during the 14th century with its light weight, long reach and elongated grip for two-handed use.  A unique ma…

Jawbone with golden teeth found near Edward's Crossing

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Mr. Isaac Jones from Nevada City discovered half a jaw bone with three intact golden teeth while metal detecting near Edwards Crossing, a historic bridge which gold prospectors mining for gold in the area use to cross the Yuba River.

The remains have been turned over to Nevada County Sheriff. Captain Paul Schmitt said that they will be sending it to a forensic anthropologist. It can take up to 6 months for scientists to determine the age and if there is DNA or dental records.
It is possible that this could be the remains of an old miner or a missing person and may possibly bring closure to a grieving family.

Largest solidus coin hoard in the Netherlands uncovered.

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Mark Volleberg found 23 Roman gold coins while metal detecting on an orchard in Lienden, a village outside Buren in the central Dutch province of Gelderland. Metal detectorists Dik van Ommeren and Cees-Jan van de Pol also discovered eight gold coins on the same orchard in 2012.
Archival research revealed Roman gold has been found on the same property since 1840.  The land originally belonged to Baron van Brakell. Further finds were made in 1905 and again in 1916.  A total of 42 pieces were unearthed over the years there.
Unfortunately the whereabouts of the earlier found coins are unknown.
All are solidi which was a pure gold coin issued originally by Constantine in the late Roman Empire and then by following emperors and minted over more than 80 years, dating to the late 4th, early 5th century.  A diversity of time periods and emperors is not uncommon for late Roman solidus hoards. These coins were not in regular circulation because they were very valuable and worth years of pay fo…

Rare 400-year-old civil war pistol discovered on a beach.

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Mr. Tony Collins found a rare officer’s pistol dating from the civil war era in St Aubin's Bay, Jersey while metal detecting on the beach. The item was declared an important find by Mr. Neil Mahrer, the conservator at Jersey Heritage. Mr. Mahrer said that there has been a  lot of weapons found from later periods and this one is a unique find because it is the only one he has seen to date from the 17th  century and also in remarkably good condition with the metal still intact.
During that era, this specific weapon was very expensive and  complicated to make due to it’s special clockwork mechanism.



The black sand at the beach in St.Aubin’s Bay is low in oxygen content, hence the well preserved condition of the materials. The likely reason the weapon ended up buried under sand on the beach is that it was dropped by an officer while boarding a ship and later washed up on the shore.  The pistol is expected to go on display following X-Rays and a delicate conservation which involves c…

Largest hoard of Bronze Age axes found in Norway.

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Joakim and Jørgen Korstad, brothers from Stjørdal in Norway found nine socketed axes, a spearhead, a casting mould and fragment of a bronze lur while metal detecting in a field in the village of Hegra, 44 km east of Trondheim, which lead to the discovery of 30 Bronze age artefacts  which dates around 1100-500 BCE (aproximately 3000 years ago).


Mr. Merete Moe Henriksen who is the archaeologist and researcher at NTNU's Department of Archaeology and Cultural History says the discovery contained spearheads and 24 axe heads in good condition which is one of the largest hoards of the kind ever found in Norway.
The reason why these objects were buried together has not been determined yet, but the archaeologist, Mr. Hendriksen, suggested possibilities are as a part of a religious sacrifice or temporary cache with the intention to recast the metal later on.
The artifacts will be displayed in a local museum in Stjørdal.


Boy finds World War II plane and pilot in Denmark.

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14 year old Daniel Rom Kristiansen from Birkelse, Denmark, put his metal detector to work a made a remarkable discovery after his father shared a memory of a story his grandfather told him about his family making Christmas cookies in December 1944 when a World War II plane which crashed on their farmland.

Daniel's father, an agricultural worker, having never in 40 years, neither his relatives who have worked on the land for decades seen any evidence to suspect the plane was still on the property, believed the wreckage had been removed years before, but Daniel decided he wanted to search the field any way. A signal sounded and they uncovered some metal fragments, but realized they will need to dig much deeper and borrowed an excavator  from a neighbor.  A few meters down there were thousands of metal pieces, which initially did not represent a plane, more digging revealed the motor of an engine from a Bf 109 Messerschmitt plane, Luftwaffe munitions, then the skeleton of the pilo…

1000-year-old unique medieval treasure.

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Mr. Peter Fergus, from Devon discovered this unique artefact, which was officially declared a treasure.

Dating between the sixth and 11th centuries, nothing alike has been found before.
Decribed as a very small lid of a gilded silver box with dimentions of 30mm (1.2") long, 15mm (0.6") wide, 8mm (0.3") high and weighs 11.29g (0.4oz).
Experts believe boxes like these were used to protect physical remains of religious figures or saints, such as bones, pieces of
clothing, or other objects like a piece of a holy cross.

The item was unearthed around nine inches (23cm) in the ground on farmland at nearby Wembury.


Oldest Iron Age gold jewellery found in Britain - Leekfrith Iron Age Torcs.

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Mark Hambleton and Joe Kania uncovered three gold necklaces and one bracelet in Staffordshire. The collection has been named the Leekfrith Iron Age Torcs and believed to be around 2500 years old.  It features some earliest Celtic art ever discovered.

The items were found close together, the reason why they were buried is not known, possibilities are an act of remembrance after their owner died, for safekeeping or and offering to the gods.

Dr. Julia Farley, curator of British & European Iron Age collections for the British Museum says that the torcs were probably worn by wealthy and powerful women.
Piecing together how these objects came to be carefully buried in the Staffordshire field will provide invaluable insight into life in Iron Age Britain.                                                                                      


Medieval ring found in Robin Hood's Sherwood Forrest.

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Estimated to be worth £70 000, this medieval ring was discovered by Mr.Mark Thompson in the famous Nottinghamshire woodland.  It is believed to date from 14th century.
The gold ring, with a precious blue sapphire embedded, has the image of an infant Christ engraved on one side and that of a Saint on the other.


A regional finds liaison officer, Dot Boughton, confirmed that the case has been referred to the coroner to be formally declared a treasure, following tests at the British Museum.  Mr. Thompson says that he found the ring within 20 minutes while searching with his metal detector in the forrest and making this find could completely change his life.

Gold and silver coins hoard and medieval ring.

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Mr. Cliff Massey from Wrexham discovered a hoard of three 23 carat gold and twenty five silver coins in a field in Bronington.  They were buried or lost together after 1465 and are from the reign of Edward III, Richard II, Henry VI. On the same field in 2014, Mr.Massey found a gold ring with cabochon blue sapphire, dating from the 15th century.
These items are estimated to be worth thousands and have been declared a treasure. The coins and medieval ring are currently at the National Museum of Wales but Wrexham County Borough Museum hopes to acquire them.

Largest hoard of Roman coins - Wold Newton Hoard.

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Mr. David Blakey from Hartlepool, United Kingdom, discovered the largest hoard of Roman coins one morning while he was searching on a field in Wold Newton, East Yorkshire.  He almost did not make the discovery, as he was just about to go for lunch and a rest following an unproductive morning, when his metal detector sounded as it was moving over the target.

Named the Wold Newton Hoard, it contains an astonishing 1.857 Roman coins and dates around 307 CE, featuring coins representing Constantius and also the first coins to proclaim his son, Constantine, Augustus following his instatement as emperor of York.

The haul is believed to have been the equivalent of an annual salary for a Roman soldier in that era.  It has been evaluated to be worth £44,200 today.

The curator of numismatics at the Yorkshire Museum, Mr. Andrew Woods, said that the find is absolutely stunning and has an irrefutable connection to one of the most significant periods in the Roman history of York.  This was a crucial…