LATEST NEWS

Exceptionally rare gold coin worth 100k found in pristine condition

Image
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…

Largest solidus coin hoard in the Netherlands uncovered.

Coins from the hoard

Mark Volleberg found 23 Roman gold coins while metal detecting on an orchard in Lienden, a village outside Buren in the central Dutch province of Gelderland. Metal detectorists Dik van Ommeren and Cees-Jan van de Pol also discovered eight gold coins on the same orchard in 2012.
Archival research revealed Roman gold has been found on the same property since 1840.

The land originally belonged to Baron van Brakell. Further finds were made in 1905 and again in 1916.  A total of 42 pieces were unearthed over the years there. Unfortunately, the whereabouts of the earlier found coins are unknown.
All are solidi which were a pure gold coin issued originally by Constantine in the late Roman Empire and then by following emperors and minted over more than 80 years, dating to the late 4th, early 5th century.  A diversity of time periods and emperors is not uncommon for late Roman solidus hoards. These coins were not in regular circulation because they were very valuable and worth years of pay for most workers, therefore, those who owned them collected and hoarded them for years, even generations.


An apple orchard

The hoard includes a solidus minted by Emperor Flavius Julius Valerius Majorianus (c. AD 420 – August 7, 461) which was the last known Roman tax coin from the Netherlands and the West. The National Service for Cultural Heritage carried out an excavation on the land. No more related items or clues as to why they were buried there was found.
During the excavation, archaeologists discovered a tomb with bones, but carbon dating revealed it was inhumation burials dating to a time far earlier, approximately 1800 B.C. (Middle Bronze Age).
Archaeologists believe the hoard was buried around 460 A.D.and the Middle Bronze Age tomb was likely on what was then a hill which would have been a recognizable spot on the landscape and easy to find once the depositor was ready to collect it. The hill was likely flattened in the 1840s to create farmland. At that time the coins started turning up.
The coins are now on display at Museum Valkhof in Nijmegen.

 
                     

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

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

Beginner's luck for 3 Year old boy who unearths Medieval reliquary worth £70 000

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

Medieval ring found in Robin Hood's Sherwood Forrest.

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

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

Beachcomber discovers mysterious hoard of more than 100 foreign coins

Oldest golden coin discovered in Slovenia first of a very rare type Alexander the Great stater

Extraordinary discovery of golden artifacts linked to relative of Alexander the Great

Largest hoard of Roman coins - Wold Newton Hoard.