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Oldest golden coin discovered in Slovenia first of a very rare type Alexander the Great stater

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A field in Bela Krajina, which was initially farmland, delivered a surprise find of an extremely rare golden Celtic coin dating back to 3rd century BC, which has only been found elsewhere in Europe before.  
It was attached to a bronze belt which was not intact enough to restore, but organic material preserved on the belt could potentially provide the possibility of carbon dating. The condition of the coin itself is well preserved.
Ceramics and iron weapons found in close proximity initially indicates the date to be around 3rd century BC.



It is the oldest coin found in Slovenia and a Celtic imitation of an Alexander the Great stater which features on one side an image of the goddess Nike and the other that of Athena.  
Celtic tribes brought the concept of using Staters as currency to Western and Central Europe, following their service as mercenaries in north Greece.  Gold staters were minted in Gaul by Gallic chiefs imitated the staters of Philip II of Macedonia, which found their way to …

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…