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Vincent Thurkettle from Somerset, South West England is a dedicated treasure hunter and gold prospector who now holds the record of finding the largest gold nugget in the U.K, weighing 97.12 grams (3 oz).
The find was made in 2012 near the shipwreck of the Royal Charter, off the coast of Anglesey,  Northwest Wales, but kept a secret until recently to allow him to search the area thoroughly, undisturbed.
At age 16 Vincent left school and trained as a Chartered Forester, following his studies worked for the Forestry Commission.  He had a keen interest in treasure hunting, also wanted to write a book and in 2005, after filling the position of Deputy Director, decided to retire from his job to pursue his dreams, which he both full filled by making several very valuable finds and writing a book named The Wood Fire Handbook.
He describes his passion for treasure hunting: “Every little speck  of gold I’ve found around the world has been a thrill – the campfires I’ve sat around, the people I…

Beachcomber discovers mysterious hoard of more than 100 foreign coins

Discovered: More than hundred foreign coins from various countries.

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.

Galveston beach, where the coins were discovered.  Photo credit:  Ellen Yeates

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 Grasso, member of the Galveston Facebook group, made a post alerting the public that that his property had been burgled. Among the stolen items was a TV, gun and collection of foreign coins.
After making a connection, he arranged a meeting and Grasso identified the coins as his.
Hodsdon usually keeps items found on the beach, but says that he is happy that he could reunite the coins with it's owner.
The reason why the burglar discarded them on the beach is uncertain. The other items stolen from the property has not been recovered.

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