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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…

Metal detecting duo discovers hoard of 2000 coins in Cornwall

Some of the coins from the hoard, many looked like the day they were cast.

Darren Troon, 45, from Redruth and Kyle Neil, 18, from Scorrier is a metal detecting duo who went out on a trip to a recently ploughed field in Hayle, Cornwall and expected it to be just another day out making the typical finds they always do. Mr Troon said that upon arrival they proceeded as usual and he found a Romain coin, which he initially did not think much of, then a few minutes later a bundle of more than 10 and the following signals became constant.  They started unearthing a bunch of coins which were dirty from years buried in the earth, but many of them looked like the day they were cast. Much to their amazement they uncovered a hoard of almost 2000 Roman coins dating from 253AD to 274AD, nestled in a stone-lined pit.

Mr. Troon and Neil is the lucky metal detecting duo who unearthed the large hoard in Cornwall

Between the money was the remains of a tin container with a handle and lead stopper.  This would have been the vessel which once contained the coins. It became corroded and broken into pieces due to age.  Hoards are most often found inside ceramic pots.

Remains of the tin pot which contained the coins

They called in some help and spent all day carefully unearthing the remarkable find and said it is an unforgettable event and it took them a couple of days to fully realize the significance of their find.  He believes there is a lot more out there to be found and eager to embark on the next metal detecting adventure.
Mr. Neil says that they gave the coins to the Royal Cornwall Museum which forwarded them to the British Museum for evaluation and has been officially classed as a treasure. 

The hoard is currently being evaluated by the British Museum

The coins were an official currency and in circulation around the late Roman era.The Royal Cornwall Museum intends on purchasing the hoard following evaluation by the British Museum. Mr Troon and Neil will share the selling price with the landowner.

 
                       

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