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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…

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…

Gilded horse mounts of Viking confidant of the king found in Denmark

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Gilded bronze and silver-plated mounts from a horse bridle have been discovered in the town of Hørning near Skanderborg in Jutland, Denmark along with the remains of a Viking to whom these artifacts belonged to.
The find consists of two cross-shaped fittings and a rectangular buckle.  They are now on display at the Museum of Skaderborg.


Merethe Schifter Bagge, a project manager and archaeologist at the museum said the artifacts are exquisite and so rare that it is considered among some of the greatest archaeological discoveries in Danish history. It dates back to 950 AD which could mean the Viking who owned them could have been a confidant of the king and it is believed to be a gift of alliance from the king. This type of bridle was only available to the most powerful people in the Viking Age

The Museum of Skanderborg archaeologists has secured funding for a full excavation of the area including a huge grave complex, which is unusually large for the time period.

Archaeologists hope to gai…

Solid gold artifacts found on a farm in Russia, suggests Scythian ritual grounds location

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The Scythians were Eurasian nomads, who traveled the continental landmass of Europe and Asia from about 9th century BC up until the 4th century ADThey were known as great horsemen, warriors, and invaders, therefore portrayed as such on artifacts discovered throughout time, an example of which is a gold comb, dating to the late 5th to earth 4th century B.C found in a royal tomb of Solokha, Eastern Ukraine.

Separate tribes spoke the same language and were united in some ways, but not believed to be governed by one body.  Historic finds reveal that separate tribes had, for example, differences in their artistic expression as well as burial practices. They also had no written language. Being constantly on the move left no traces of settlement. Most of what we know today about them are from writings of other cultures of which the main source is the Greeks. The word Scythian was first used by the Greek historian Herodotus.


About 30 miles east of Stavropol, stands a burial mound, called a kurg…

Thomas Cromwell's 'love ring' discovered by treasure hunter banked £35,000

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A beautiful gold 15th Century ring was found by a metal detectorist near Laude Abbey in Leicestershire. It was found on the land which was owned by the late Thomas Cromwell, who was Henry VIII's advisor.


The striking piece of jewelry represents an early example of a love ring, worn by the wife of married partners, the bond between them symbolized with two natural gems embedded on the front and surrounded by a decoration which may be the representation of flower petals. 
The sides are engraved with leaf patterns.  The dimensions are 19 mm in diameter and 10 mm wide at bezel with a weight of 5.71 grams.  The land where the ring was discovered is now a Christian retreat and conference center and the finder was privileged to receive permission to search the area.



In historical days, the land was initially owned by wealthy Augustinian Priory since the 12th century.  Thomas Cromwell was surveying for land to settle on and found the location with its stunning surroundings impressive. He took…

Interesting early Medieval golden fitting discovered in North Yorkshire declared a treasure

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A gold fitting dating back to the Early Medieval times (AD 800 - AD 900) which was discovered by a metal detectorist in a cultivated farm field in Hambleton, North Yorkshire has been declared a treasure.

It was noted that this find is interesting and to some extent unidentified, as no identical object has ever been discovered before and believed to be a fitting as it features a suspension loop, however, the exact use has not been determined.  Made mainly of pure gold with two blue glass studs representing eyes with a length of 22.5 mm and weight of 3.72 g.
The item has been designed to represent an animal head and made with skilled craftsmanship in a three-dimensional form with the top of the suspension loop attachment concealed by the jaw.
The exact function of this remarkable fitting is a mystery although similar known objects dating back to mid-to-late 9th century Anglo-Saxon exists. 
The ears of this golden animal fittings are quite exceptional which seems to be intended not to be dec…

109 year old fruit cake in its original packaging belonging to Robert Falcon Scott found

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A fruitcake dating back to 1910, still neatly wrapped in paper and in its original metal tin packaging has been found.
It is believed that the cake was brought to Antarctica by British Royal Navy Captain, Robert Falcon Scott.
In 1910 he embarked on an expedition named Terra Nova, otherwise known as the British Antarctic Research for the purpose of scientific and geographical exploration. In documentation about the expedition, it mentions the exact same brand of fruit cake from Huntley & Palmers as the one which was found.


Manager of the Antartic Heritage Trust, Lizzie Meek, describes the cake as extremely well preserved, even though the metal tin containing it has deteriorated. It has just a very slight rancid butter smell, but other than that smells and looks edible. 
Alcohol and sugar are both natural preservatives and the extremely cold climate have assisted in preventing it to spoil.


It is also known that explorers of the Antartic region in present days like to take fruit cake alon…

Love ring from the Tudor Era reunited with it's second half 3 year later

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A metal detectorist couple has united a 450-year-old silver love ring with its second half 3 years after finding the first. 
The partial artifact was discovered in Lancashire and inscribed on it is the word "Yours". Love rings during the TudorEra, were inscribed with a variety of different messages, therefore the options of what the complete meaning may be, was endless.
The metal detecting pair, Sheila and Iain, who has been treasure hunting for 12 years, was searching again on the same field 3 years later when they uncovered the second half of the ring. When the pieces were placed together, it read "I am yours". Sheila said that the ring is tiny and beautifully decorated with elegant letters. It forms a small part of the history of the area. As the field on which the ring was discovered is plowed yearly, it is possible that the plow may have broken it in half. Whoever the misfortunate lover is who lost their ring will remain a mystery, buried in time.



2,800 year old gold jewellery of royal origin found in Kazakhstan

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Some 3, 000 golden and precious items were found buried in a burial mound in a remote area at Tarbagatai mountains in Kazakhstan. It is estimated that the burial took place around 2,800 years ago and at that time the Saka people were residing there. The type of gold jewelry and other items which were found would have belonged to Royal or elite members of the Saka people. An expert explained that the grave is that of a couple who may have been a part of those who reigned at that point in time.




Among the finds are earrings in the shape of bells, gold plates with rivets, plaques, chains, and a necklace with precious stones.  
Gold beads were used to decorate clothing and were manufactured with a sophisticated micro-soldering technique which was developed by the locals and demonstrates exceptional artistic skill.



The discovery provides an interesting view of the history of the people who resided in Kazakstan during that time period. They clearly had expertise in developing sophisticated tech…

Unique, perfectly preserved treasure of 300 gold coins worth millions of Euros discovered in Italy

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A soapstone pot containing 300 gold coins dating back to 5th century AD has been found in the town of Como, near Milan, Italy following a search under a long-abandoned theater. The Cressoni Theater was opened in 1870 and abandoned in 1997.
New owners of the land on which the theater stands plan to demolish the old building and replace it with luxury residences. The pot with gold coins, along with a gold bar and two other objects which are currently in a process of being identified were discovered in the basement of the theater. The pot itself is a significant find, as it is a unique design, never seen before.
The coins were packed into little stacks and with time latches together, therefore needs to be carefully separated. 27 coins have been successfully separated and all dates to the 5th century, from the reign of Emperors Honorius, Valentinian III, Leo I the Thracian and Libius Severus.


During that era, there was little currency flow in the Roman economic system which makes t…

Kaliakra treasure of Bulgaria likely buried by Tatar commander

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Kaliakra Fortress is located on the coast of the Black Sea in northern Bulgaria. It is of Byzantine Greek origin. In modern days tourists can view the ruins of the once magnificent fortress and remains of unstable history.


The floor of an old house, which was built directly on the ruins of ancient buildings, dating back to the Middle Ages was discovered nearby and hidden underneath it, a clay pot with coins, jewelry and other valuables was found.



The soil inside the pot was carefully removed and the contents revealed: 873 gold and silver coins, 11 fittings and buckles, 28 silver and bronze buttons, several gold earrings, a gold ring and metal and four gold beads studded with gems.  A total of 957 objects.


The coins are mostly Ottoman and the rest Bulgarian issues. Most of the Ottoman coins are from the reign of Sultan Bayazid Yildirum (1389-1402). The rest are older and dates to the reign of his predecessor Murad I (1362-1389)
A large percentage of the Bulgarian coins were minted under th…