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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…

Grave of warrior of significant importance found in Caucasus mountains


A pendant made from a gold coin from Sinope displaying Athena on one side. 

The grave of a male warrior of significant importance was discovered in a hard to reach area, about 2,600 feet above sea level in the Caucasus mountains, near the town of Mezmay at Caucasus mountains of Russia.  The burial took place approximately 2200 years ago.

The Caucasus Mountains in Russia

The body of the warrior was encased with a wooden coffin of which fractions remained and he was honored by including numerous gold jewelry and placing his 36 inches (91 cm) sword adorned with gold attachments on his body, among other weapons of which one is an iron ax and another an arrow. These weapons likely belonged to or were used by him. His tribe also sacrificed three horses, a cow and wild boar to add to the grave.

One of the two helmets found

Among the finds are several pieces of pottery, a bronze mirror and two bronze helmets which displays carvings of sheep horns and random shapes.


A gold sword fitting

Gold-working skills were highly appreciated in that era and a noteworthy artifact is a gold fibula-brooch decorated with a clear colored, rock crystal, positioned centrally with dimensions of 2.3 by 1.9 inches  (5.8 by 4.8 centimeters), layered and covered in masterfully crafted decorations.


Gold fibula with centered crystal

Belongings of the warrior: Pottery, an axe and bronze mirror

 
                       

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