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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…

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 (approximately 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.