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Exceptionally rare gold coin worth 100k found in pristine condition

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A metal detector enthusiast made the discovery of a lifetime while searching on a freshly ploughed farm field near a historical Roman road in Dover, Kent.  As the 30-year-old detectorist removed the dirt from the shiny find, his initial reaction was that it must be a fake, as it was in absolute pristine condition.
Following authentication by the British Museum, it was confirmed that he found an exceptionally rare 24 carat Aureus coin, embellished with the face of Emperor Allectus who reigned during 293 AD, which dates it back to almost 2000 years ago.

The finder said 'At first I was quite skeptical of its authenticity because it was so shiny but when I realized what it could be potentially I just completely freaked out by it.'

The coin is approximately the size of a modern one penny and weighs 4.31 grams.  Displayed on one side is the head of Allectus and on the other, that of two captives kneeling at the feet of Apollo.

The only other known specimen of this coin in in the wo…

Medieval knight's longsword found in Poland


 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 a wetland, but intact from pommel to tip. Its excellent condition reveals that there are no signs of it deliberately discarded.

The sword features a cruciform handle, it's original hilt would have been antler, wood or bone.

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 lightweight, long reach and elongated grip for two-handed use.  A unique mark of an isosceles cross inside a heraldic shield is displayed on the back and the symbol represents the maker's mark engraved by a blacksmith.
Historical records reveal that the site where the item was uncovered was at first populated by few hunting lodges surrounded by forest.  The region was part of Ruthenia (Kievan Rus) at the time and later part of the Kingdom of Poland in 1366, following the dissolution of the Rus. A castle was built by the Polish governor in Hrubieszow during the late 14th century. It is possible that the knight to whom the sword belonged may have been in the area as there was employment opportunity at the time.

Another view of the sword's handle

Archaeologists will carry out an excavation in hopes of finding additionally related artifacts. The sword is currently in Warsaw, where it will be conserved, stabilized and analyzed by experts.  Any marks may be useful in helping to identify the owner, for example, characters engraved on the blade's top, beneath the handle indicates a particular family or knight.  Following these procedures, it will be returned to the museum in Hrubieszów, where it will go on display.

Polish knight with sword

Finds of this kind are often without the knowledge of the area, specifically the exact spot where it was found.  Due to the responsible action of Mr.Wojcieh Kot, who declared the item, including the place of origin, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage will grant him a reward.
 
                       

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