Fenwick Roman Jewelry Hoard Found

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-29055933

“Roman jewellery has been discovered during excavations at an Essex department store.

Gold and silver armlets, bracelets, rings and coins were found buried in the remains of a Roman house beneath Williams and Griffin in Colchester.

It is thought they were hidden by their wealthy owner in AD61, when Boudicca’s British tribes burnt down the town.”

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Second Jewish Revolt Coin Hoard Found

Archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority have unearthed a cache of 114 bronze coins, dating to the Year Four of the Great Revolt, at an archaeological site on the outskirts of Jerusalem.  On one side, the coins are stamped with a chalice and the Hebrew inscription “To the Redemption of Zion.”…

 

Note heavy oxidation coating on coins

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/science-treasure-trove-great-revolt-era-coins-jerusalem-02095.html

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New Treasure Book Out

I’ve completed editing and republishing a wonderful fiction book of a treasure hunt written in 1887.  It was a good tale, with plausible plot and very detailed on the experiences in Paraguay. The original author was a naturalist and had travelled extensively in Paraguay. He also had found a treasure hoard while there, according to rumor.

Go get it and enjoy!

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Good research brings in $14 million

Following up on leads using analysis to figure out whether they are worth pursuing or not. In this case, they felt the lead was believable and viable.

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/26/english-treasure-hunters-celtic-coins_n_1629128.html

“Reg Mead and Richard Miles, two English metal detector enthusiasts, have discovered a trove of approximately 50,000 coins dating back to the Iron Age (2,000 years ago). The discovery comes after 30 years of looking for the stash, a hunt that began after a woman told the duo her father came across coins in the field many years earlier, reports The Sun.

Officials estimate that the coins, which weigh three quarters of a ton, are worth around 10 million British Pounds, or $15.6 million. Mead told the BBC that “the old French law is finders keepers,” indicating that the pair hope to split the bounty with the farmer who owns the land…”

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Most times you blunder when you talk about your treasure

http://blogs.marketwatch.com/themargin/2014/02/27/tax-collector-is-coming-for-greatest-buried-treasure-ever-unearthed/

“The “greatest buried treasure ever unearthed in the United States” is about to be hit by the tax collector.

According to Kathleen Pender, a columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle, the couple who found in cans buried on their property more than 1,400 rare gold coins worth more than $10 million will probably owe close to half of that sum in federal and state income tax, whether or not they sell the coins.

She quoted a 2013 tax guide in which the IRS stated: “If you find and keep property that does not belong to you that has been lost or abandoned (treasure-trove), it is taxable to you at its fair market value in the first year it is in your undisputed possession.”…

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Sometimes you blunder into treasure

BY JOHN ROGERS / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Published: Feb. 25, 2014 Updated: 12:30 p.m.

LOS ANGELES – A Northern California couple out walking their dog on their Gold Country property stumbled across a modern-day bonanza: $10 million in rare, mint-condition gold coins buried in the shadow of an old tree.

Nearly all of the 1,427 coins, dating from 1847 to 1894, are in uncirculated, mint condition, said David Hall, co-founder of Professional Coin Grading Service of Santa Ana, which recently authenticated them. Although the face value of the gold pieces only adds up to about $27,000, some of them are so rare that coin experts say they could fetch nearly $1 million apiece.

“I don’t like to say once-in-a-lifetime for anything, but you don’t get an opportunity to handle this kind of material, a treasure like this, ever,” said veteran numismatist Don Kagin, who is representing the finders. “It’s like they found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.”

Kagin, whose family has been in the rare-coin business for 81 years, would say little about the couple other than that they are husband and wife, are middle-aged and have lived for several years on the rural property where the coins were found. They have no idea who put them there, he said….

For more see:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/coins-603175-gold-kagin.html

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Gold hoard found near Temple Mount in Isreal

Israeli archaeologists have made what they say is a ‘breathtaking, once-in-a-lifetime discovery.’ They have unearthed gold and silver jewelry, a gold medallion depicting the menorah and 36 Byzantine gold coins near the Temple Mount’s southern wall in Jerusalem.

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/science-ophel-treasure-gold-artifacts-coins-temple-mount-jerusalem-01369.html

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Crusader Cache found

The treasure, more than 100 gold pieces weighing about 400 grams, is estimated to be worth more than $100,000.

The coins were found hidden in a partly broken pottery vessel at the Appollonia National Park near Herzliya, the site where archaeologists believe the ancient Crusader town of Apollonia-Arsuf once stood.

The hoard includes 108 gold coins, among them 93 weigh four grams each, and 15 weigh about 1 gram each. The archaeologists suggest that the gold was part of someone’s family treasure or business investment.

The coins were probably minted in Egypt about 250 years prior to their burial under the floor tiles of the 13th century CE fortress that has been under excavation for more than 30 years….

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/article00459.html

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Useful Treasure and Metal Detecting Books

Some reference books are good only because of all the citations they provide to related first and secondary source works. This is one of them.

The Adventures of a Treasure Hunter, 1951 by Charles P Everitt  – Ironically this is NOT about treasure, it is about a man who is a book finder and book hunter. However he mentions several important historical Americana books.  From these books they are useful for treasure hunting leads. Narrative and critical history of America – A very rare book and dense compendium of American books in 1800’s and back. Written 1889. Leads galore.

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Some Treasure Chests

IMG_1074 IMG_1075 IMG_1077 IMG_1078 IMG_1079 IMG_1081 IMG_1082 IMG_1083 IMG_1084 IMG_1085 IMG_1086 IMG_1087 IMG_1058 IMG_1059 IMG_1060Here you will see 2 different treasure chests from a museum near Monterrey, CA.  These are more likely strongboxes for the captain of a sailing vessel.  Using banded iron and handles on two ends, these were stout and built to last. Likely required two persons or more to carry.

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