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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…

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 its 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 delicate conservation which involves carefully s…