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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 …

Mystery of the treasures of Oak Island linked to history and old civilations

Left: Sword found on Oak Island   Right: Front view of  one of the discovered coins

Oak Island, located at the south shore of Nova Scotia, Canada, has a history of attracting treasure hunters since 1875.   The first person to search the island was 18 year old Daniel McGinnis with help of some friends, their efforts piqued serious curiosity.  After digging few feet down they found a layer of flagstone and the pit walls have pick markings on it. Every ten feet (3 m) they dug, there was a layer of logs.  30 feet later, their manual excavation attempts became too difficult.

Rumors of a "money pit" treasure has been circulating due to the known fact that pirates came ashore at times in the distant past.  A lot of attempts have been made over the years to dig deep enough to confirm the existence of a treasure on the spot, but alas, as a result of too much flooding, it has not been possible.

Evidence of old civilizations reaching the shores of this island have been revealed through finds like a Knight’s Templar coin.  Finds from more recent years includes a Boatswain whistle, dating back to the1500’s and Spanish coin dating back to 1652.

Most recently the treasure hunting attempts by two brothers, Marty and Rick Lagina from Michigan delivered what was believed to be a Roman ceremonial sword, which was given by the Emporer to legion commanders prior to entering battle or when departing on a special mission. It has the representation of the demi god Herculus, which was an important religious figure to Romans and appears very similar to a set of Roman cerimonial swords which were found in Europe.  The theory of Roman origin of the sword has been dismissed due to the uncharacteristic to Roman casting technique and material analysis places it at around the 1800’s, which suggests it may be a replica.  How it came to be that this almost identical sword ended up at Oak Island remains a mystery.

Roman presence on the island can not be ruled out, as related findings places a link to them there through the following discovered on or near Oak Island: Petroglyphs carved on cave walls and boulders in Nova Scotia by the Mi'kmaq people, fifty words contained in the Mi’kmaq language are nautical terms used by mariners from Roman times, a specific plant species named Berberis Vulgaris which the Romans used to season their food for the purpose to prevent scurvy during their voyages and a Roman shield boss.

Shipwreck recently discovered near Oak Island
An iron-hulled Civil War era steamer shipwreck has also been discovered nearby the island recently by crews on the Atlantic Surveyor, a research vessel that was conducting sonar operations. The shipwreck is believed to possibly be the remains of one of three blockade runners which were lost.  
They were used to penetrate the wall of Union naval vessels blocking the port of Wilmington during the Civil War. 
The goal of the Union blockade was to keep supplies from reaching the Confederacy through one of its most important ports and to prevent the export of marketable items by the Southerners.

The size and location of the ship suggests that it may be the Fry. It is in very good condition due to change in dune patterns which means that sand has helped prevent the vessel from wearing down over the decades.  This find is due to reveal more interesting facts and treasures from history.



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