Treasures of all kinds are found all the time that have lain untouched and undisturbed for centuries. Sometimes only one coin is uncovered, others a whole hoard of gold or silver is found just waiting to be collected. Old and older, valuable and rare, here’s a list of the 9 Most INCREDIBLE Coin Discoveries Around the World!
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4. Buried in Bulgaria
A hoard of coins was found buried underneath an old plum tree in Mezdra, Bulgaria in late August of 2017. After neighbors repeatedly complained about an unkempt, overgrown yard in the town, authorities began to try and tidy up a bit and ended up stumbling upon 200 ancient silver coins. It had been hypothesized for some time that the town might have been the location of an Imperial Roman settlement; however, no evidence had yet been found. The hoard is made up of denarii and antoniniani and is dated back to between the first and third centuries CE. Many of the coins are from Syria and show signs that they were being used in circulation, others hold portraits of different emperor’s wives, and some appear unused, seemingly having been collected. A theory as to why the coins were buried consists of somebody being fearful that the coins would be taken by the Goths in third-century invasions, so they hid them from looting. Although around 200 coins were given to the Vrasta Regional Museum of History, it’s believed that the initial hoard may have consisted of roughly 1,000 and the museum has asked for the rest of the silver to be turned in. Yeah, uh, good luck with that.
3. Chelmsford Coins
A treasure hunter with nearly 25 years worth of experience discovered a bunch of Anglo-Saxon gold coins in Chelmsford Essex, on November 24, 2017. Chris Kutler searched for four long days before making the find, hilariously believing the first coin he held was a wasp, so he threw it down. After a moment of calming himself down, he picked the gold back up and quickly realized what it was considering he had found other rare, Anglo-Saxon coins at the same site 18 years before. He returned to the area to conduct a new search after reading a report that there may be more of the gold hidden near his original find. Boy, did that report get it right or what? The gold dates back to 620-640 AD, during the Dark Ages, and is being assessed by the British Museum. It’s thought that the coins could be worth 10,000 British pounds, which is excellent news for Chris considering the Treasure Act of 1996 states that two or more coins containing 10% gold or higher that are at least 300-years-old entitle the finder and landowner to a 50/50 split of the treasure. We’re going to get our treasure hunting on.
2. Crazy Lucky Caretaker
A caretaker at the Warkworth Church of England Primary School asked for permission to metal detect on the playground of the school, and when he was granted permission, he found something incredible. When his metal detector began beeping, he dug down and stumbled on a cache of 128 Medieval-era silver coins. The haul dates back to the 15th and early 16th centuries, and consists of groat and half-groat coins from the time of King Edward IV and King Henry VII, and nine coins from the 1460’s tied to Charles the Bold. They’ve been valued at nearly 11,000 British pounds, and 66 coins were sent to auction in September and were sold, but the sum at which they were purchased was not revealed. It’s thought possible that the owner of the coins may have felt that his savings were in danger amidst turbulent times during the Scottish incursions and buried them, but for an unknown reason never retrieved them. Lucky for the caretaker at the school and history, but not for the poor soul who forgot where he buried his money.
1. Coin Numero Uno
Coin experts believe that they have identified the first-ever coin minted in the United States. A senior researcher for the coin and collectible firm Kagin’s, David McCarthy spotted it in an auction catalog in 2013, and after extensive research, he decided that his company had to have it. He put down a bid of $1.18 million to have it and won. He’s since meticulously studied the coin and gone through many a paper written by the Founding Fathers and is now 99.9% sure that the coin is, in fact, the first coin made in the United States. The value isn’t yet known, but McCarthy drew a comparison to a 1794 silver dollar that sold for $10 million in 2013. If the coin is the first coin minted in the US and it was held in the hands of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, it would likely sell for much, much more. Can you imagine owning the first coin minted in the US? It would make everything else in your piggy bank seem kinda useless.