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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…

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

Several, very valuable and beautifully preserved golden artifacts were discovered with the help of metal detectors at the village of Sveshatari, Bulgaria, 400 km northeast from the capital, Sofia.

The gold artifacts were discovered  near the largest Thracian thomb, Sveshatari 

The find was made near Omurtag mount where the largest of 150 Thracian thombs of the Getae tribe was found in 1982.  This tribe was associated with ancient Greeks.

The Sveshatari tomb is considered significant and included in the World Heritage List of U.N. education and culture agency, UNESCO, for its unique architectural decor.

View of Sveshatari thomb inside

The find consists of 264 unique gold adornments and dates back to the 3rd or 4th century BC.
Fragments of a wooden box, containing charred bones and ashes, along with, among others, all gold items consisting of a tiara decorated with animal motifs, a horse head piece,  four spiral gold bracelets, a ring, several female figurines, believed to have decorated clothing, buttons and beads.

Unearthed: A splendidly crafted golden tiara with animal motif

Four spiral bracelets in process of uncovering

Several golden decorative brooches were found

Expert in Thracian archaeology, Prof. Diana Gergova, from the National Archaeology Institute at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences explains that the treasure was likely wrapped in a gold-woven cloth because several gold threads were discovered nearby.

Golden horse figurine and clothing fittings

The items are believed to have been apart of a ritual burial, likely that of the Gath ruler Kotela, one of the father-in-laws of Philip II of Macedon - Alexander the Great's father.
A large number of artefacts were discovered in and around Bulgaria's Thracian tombs, over the years, which provides the most of the insight on their life and culture, as they had no known written language and left no enduring records.

The precious find is now on display at the Archeology Museum in the capital Sofia.



 
                       

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