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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…

Long lost treasure of gold coins discovered on the coast of Namibia


Gold coins of significant value were discovered during a search in a recently drained, man-made lagoon on Namibia's coast near Oranjemund.   


The area where the treasure was found, is located close to an old mining site, which is in the surf zone, where the incoming waves made mining impossible, so miners pushed up a huge sea-wall with bulldozers parallel to the beach, with the ends running back to the beach,  resulting in a large man-made lagoon, sheltering the site from the pounding surf. 
The following day after the discovery of the gold coins, bits of metal, pipes and other parts of a ship was found and it was then rather certain that a shipwreck should be located close by. Shortly following this, a startling discovery was made.  


 Top left: Most coins were stashed inside a pipe. Top right: The coins are in immaculate condition                                                                                                                          

A ship, loaded with $13,000,000 worth of gold and other valuables lay buried under the ocean floor.
Searches of the Namibian shoreline turned up many finds in relation to ships which got lost at sea and this has been a very significant find.

The gold coins are a mixture of Spanish and Portuguese coins

The first indications of the age of the ship were the age of the cannons and style of the wooden stock of a matchlock musket, which were made to fit against the cheek, rather than against the shoulder.  This is characteristic for the early century. 
The valuables in the cargo included, among others, gold, coins, ivory tusks,  swords and 44, 000 pounds of copper ingots.  The oldest shipwreck found in the area at that point was The Vlissingen, which got lost around Meob Bay in 1747.

Ivory tusks which were on board the 'Bom Jesus' ship


The ship was identified as a Portuguese ship named The Bom Jesus, or “The Good Jesus” that went missing  500 years ago, in 1533 while en route to India. 
During the search for the shipwreck, a large treasure chest was found, filled with a mixture of Spanish and Portuguese gold coins. The treasure chest fell from the ship where it was subsequently crushed  by a massive piece of the side of the ship which broke free from the disintegrating hull.  The coins which were discovered in the drained lagoon were spills from the chest which were scattered and made it ashore.
A large amount of copper onboard the ship played a key role in preserving it. Marine organisms like devouring things like wood and leather, but avoids copper or things in close proximity of it.
It is believed the reason the ship went down is a  combination of too heavy cargo and bad weather.  During a storm, the captain runs the vessel ashore and anchored it close to the beach.  The ship hit a blinder in the surf zone and heeled over in the pounding waves, evidently freeing attempts failed and it sank.

                     


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