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Gold 15th century bishop's ring valued at £10 000 found in Yorkshire

Adam Day is a 30-year-old lorry driver from Yorkshire.  He recently started a metal detecting hobby and is considered to be an amateur treasure hunter.  Never did he consider his newfound hobby would bring him fame and fortune so soon.
During a search on a farmer's ploughed field near Beverley Minster in Yorkshire he came upon an amazing discovery, a 15th-century bishop's ring made of 20-carat gold.  He recalls the moment when first looking at the ring he just pulled out of the ground and realized it was of significant value and says that he was shaking at the thought of what special piece of jewelry was right there in his hands.

The gold ring is skillfully crafted and engraved with St George and St.Catherine as well as several decorative floral emblems. Since Beverley Minster is close to the location where the artefact was discovered, it is believed that it belonged in the distant past to a bishop from the local church. It has been dated  to between 1450-1550.' The medi…

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

 Top left: Most coins were stashed inside a pipe                        Top right: The coins are in immaculate condition                                                                                                                               
Gold coins of significant value were discovered during a search in a recently drained, man-made lagoon on Namibia's coast near Oranjemund.   
Mystery of the treasures of Oak Island linked to history and old civilations 
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 is a large man-made lagoon, sheltering the site from  the pounding surf.  
The following day after the discovery, bits of metal, pipes and other parts of a ship was found and it was then rather certain that a shipwreck should be located closeby. Shortly following this a startling discovery was made.  
A ship loaded with $13,000,000 worth of gold and other valuables lay buried under the ocean floor.
Searches of the Namibian shore line turned up many finds in relation to ships which got lost at sea and this has been a very significant find.
The first indications of the age of the ship was 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.

The coins are a mixture of Spanish and Portugese currency.

The ship was identified as a Portugese 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 Portugese 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.
The large amount of copper onboard the ship played a key role in preserving it. Marine organisms likes 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 run 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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