Do you still think that finding troves of ancient artifacts and rare treasures is just stuff made for movies?
Check out this list for the most astounding coin discoveries around the world.
1. The Wesley Carrington Hoard
In 2013, a British named Wesley Carrington made the most stunning discovery the century. After finding a spoon, a halfpenny, and a gold coin, with his metal detector, he dug deeper and found 55 more gold Roman coins. These 1600-year-old coins, minted in Italy, were used during the empires of Honorius to Gratian.
2. Roman Coins in Japan
Katsuren Castle in the Okinawa island, Japan is a UNESCO World Heritage site. During an archeological excavation, they found four copper coins; one bearing the image of Roman Emperor Constantine dated 300 to 400 AD. Another dig yielded six coins, dating back to the Ottomon Empire in the 17th century. Scientists hypothesized that the Roman coins might’ve found their way to the castle through its trades with other Asian countries.
3. The Seaton Down Hoard
Laurence Egerton, another metal detector hobbyist, stumbled upon the biggest hoard of Roman coins in Britain. He found 22,000 copper-alloy coins in Seaton, East Devon, after finding two small coins on the ground and iron ingots in a deeper hole. Experts believe that this stash was buried for safekeeping, and was dated back to 4th century of the Roman Empire.
4. Swiss Cherry Orchard Find
In 2015, bronze and silver coins, instead of gold chocolate coins, were found in Switzerland. It was discovered when a cherry farmer saw something shiny. Suspecting that it might be a Roman coin, he contacted archeologists since a Roman settlement was previously uncovered in the area. The dig yielded 4,166 coins, dating back from 274 to 294 AD, and was considered the largest find in Swiss history.
5. Rare Gold Coin in Galilee
While hiking in Galilee, Israel in 2016, Laurie Rimon spotted a small, shiny thing. Turned out it was a 2,000-year-old coin that bore the image of Emperor Augustus. It was dated back to 107 AD, after the Romans ransacked the Jewish temple in Jerusalem. The gold coin is exceedingly rare, with only one found and displayed in British Museum. Rimon’s, on the other hand, was turned over to the Israel Antiquities Authority.
6. Viking Coins in Belfast
Treasure hunter Brian Morton found two exceptionally rare silver coins in County Down, Ireland. Called the Hiberno-Manx silver coins, there are only a handful of these discovered in Ireland during the last four decades. Made from 93 percent silver, these Viking coins were used in the Isle of Man and Scotland during the 11th century.
7. Large Hoard in Spain
In 2016, Onsite construction workers in the town of Tomares, Seville in Spain unearthed 19 amphorae, or two-handled pots, filled to the brim with bronze Roman coins. The coins altogether weighed more than 1,300 pounds and were traced back to 3rd century AD. It was initially speculated that the coins would’ve been used to pay taxes to the Roman Empire since they appear newly minted.
8. Saddle Ridge Hoard
A Californian couple noticed a rusty can on their property while taking out their dog for a walk. With a stick, they dug up the can and found a hoard of gold coins dating from 1847 to 1894. These were valued at $11 million since a lone coin is already worth $15,000. Another coin could fetch $1 million for its rarity. The uncanny mint coin collection consists of five dollar gold pieces, ten dollar gold pieces, and twenty dollar double eagles.
9. Alien Coins
In Egypt, two coins were found showing an alien head and a spaceship. One of the coins had the engraving “Opportunus adest” which means, “It’s here in due time” in Latin. While these coins point to the visitation of aliens in Earth, most are skeptical with this claim. These coins may or may not be Biblical in nature. However, levelheaded ones think these are “hobo nickels” or coins creatively modified by hobos. Softer metal coins, like the US nickel and copper-nickel Buffalo coins, are engraved with odd figures.
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