Hoard of Roman coins worth 200,000 discovered in a field


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An amateur historian using a metal detector in a farmer's field has told how he found a once-in-a-lifetime hoard of 2,000-year-old silver Roman coins - worth up to 200,000.

Some of the metal disks were minted during the era Roman general Mark Antony was allied with his lover Cleopatra in Egypt and experts said a find of this size and variety is very rare.

A single coin can sell for up to 900 so fisherman Mike Smale, 35, was astonished when he uncovered one pristine coin after another dating back to 32BC.

Treasure hunter discovers a rare hoard of 2,000-year-old silver Roman coins worth up to 200,000 with a metal detector in a farmer's field (but he'll have to split the cash with the farmer)


Some of the coins were minted during the era of Roman general Mark Antony

Experts said the find is very rare and each coin could sell for 900

Coins would have circulated widely during Roman times - some dating to 32BC

Mike Smale, 35, found the hoard of rare ancient coins in a farmer's field

By Phoebe Weston For Mailonline
29 September 2017

An amateur historian using a metal detector in a farmer's field has told how he found a once-in-a-lifetime hoard of 2,000-year-old silver Roman coins - worth up to 200,000.

Some of the metal disks were minted during the era Roman general Mark Antony was allied with his lover Cleopatra in Egypt and experts said a find of this size and variety is very rare.

A single coin can sell for up to 900 so fisherman Mike Smale, 35, was astonished when he uncovered one pristine coin after another dating back to 32BC.

The coins will be handed over to the coroner for valuation and then likely sold to a museum, with the profits split between the farmer and Mr Smale.


Some of the coins (pictured) were minted during the era Roman general Mark Antony was allied with his lover Cleopatra in Egypt and a find of this size and variety is very rare


Mr Smale, 35, found the hoard of 600 rare ancient coins in a farmer's field in Bridport while hunting with friends from Southern Detectorists.

Father-of-one Mr Smale, a fisherman from Plymouth, Devon, said: 'It was incredible, a true once-in-a-lifetime find.

'I had a good idea about what it was - I had already found one or two Roman denarii that morning.

'It's a great find, my biggest one, but I shan't be giving it up. It's great fun and I'm sticking with it', he said.

The astonishing find was made at an undisclosed farmland location in Bridport, Dorset, at the detectorists' annual event, attended by 300 people.

'When I found it everyone came over to have a look and find out what it was', said Mr Smale.

'It's impossible to say what it's worth. It all depends on too many factors.. How rare they are, what condition they are in, things like that.

'But it is a substantial find, and whatever I do get I'm going to split with the guys I went up there with.'

Just a few hours in, Mr Smale's detector started beeping manically and he quickly discovered a few coins, before he called over the officials who sectioned off the area.

They believe it was a pot of coins which had been hit by a plough and spread across the area.

The event was organised by Sean MacDonald, 47, who admits he would have paid 'good money' just to witness the find.


Just a few hours in, Mr Smale's detector started beeping manically and he quickly discovered a few coins, before he called over the officials who sectioned off the area


A single one can sell for up to 900 so the fisherman was astonished when he uncovered one pristine coin after another dating back to 32BC


Mike Smale (left), 35, found the hoard of 600 rare ancient coins in a farmer's field in Bridport while hunting with friends from Southern Detectorists. He is pictured here with farmer Anthony Butler


He added: 'Bridport is a cracking area anyway. It's very rich in history, but a find like this is unprecedented.

'I've never seen a hoard of this size before. We found one in Somerset last year but there were just 180, and they weren't of the same calibre.'

Mr MacDonald said he was elated he was shaking when he saw the find.

'The archaeologists excavating it couldn't believe what they were seeing because these coins are so rare', said Mr MacDonald.


The coins will be handed over to the coroner for valuation and then likely sold to a museum, with the profits split between the farmer and Mr Smale



Republican coins and those of Antony were issued before the Roman Invasion of Britain in AD 43, and would have drifted over in the pockets of Roman soldiers and citizens alike


The astonishing find was made at an undisclosed farmland location in Bridport at the detectorists annual event, attended by 300 people


An expert who has examined photos of the coins said some feature Gods, and were issued by the Roman Republic in the centuries before the birth of Christ

'I personally think a find of this size and variety will never be found again.'

An expert who has examined photos of the coins said some feature gods, and were issued by the Roman Republic in the centuries before the birth of Christ.

'Others, which feature a distinctive galley - a type of Roman vessel - were minted by Mark Antony while he was allied with his lover Cleopatra in Egypt, between the autumn of 32 BC to the Spring of 31', said Dominic Chorney of A.H. Baldwin & Sons.

These coins each celebrated the various legions under his command, Mr Chorney explained.


Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra and Richard Burton as her lover Mark Antony in the 1963 film of the Egyptian queen. Some of the coins were minted when the Roman general was allied with Cleopatra in Egypt


The historian who was digging in a farmer's field in Bridport, Dorset, has told how he found a once-in-a -lifetime hoard of 2000-year-old Roman silver coins worth up to 200,000



Coin finds such as this are fascinating, and are incredibly important in shedding light on the history of Roman Britain, an expert said

They would have circulated widely in the Roman Empire and travelled a long way.

'Republican coins and those of Antony were issued before the Roman Invasion of Britain in AD 43, and would have drifted over in the pockets of Roman soldiers and citizens alike', said Mr Chorney.

Other coins were issued by emperors who ruled during the first century AD.

'One I can see in the photograph was struck for the ill-fated emperor Otho, who only ruled for three months in (January to April AD 69), during the civil wars which followed the assassination of the notorious emperor Nero', said Mr Chorney.

'Coin finds such as this are fascinating, and are incredibly important in shedding light on the history of Roman Britain', he said.

OTHER VALUABLE FINDS FROM THE UK


Derek McLennan uncovered the thousand-year-old treasure which includes silver bracelets and brooches


A metal detectorist who discovered the 'richest collection' of rare Viking artefacts ever found in the UK is set to receive a reward of almost 2 million.

Derek McLennan uncovered the thousand-year-old treasure which includes silver bracelets and brooches, a gold ring, an enamelled Christian cross and a bird-shaped gold pin, in a field in western Scotland in 2014.

He passed it on to experts and the body which rules on ownerless goods and property.

The Queen's and Lord Treasurer's Remembrancer (QLTR) has now ruled the 100 or so items should be allocated to National Museums Scotland for display, provided it pays 1.98 million to Mr McLennan.

In 2007 father and son metal detector team David and Andrew Whelan found the most significant find of its kind in England for more than 150 years.

As well as shedding light on the way the Vikings lived more than 1,000 years ago, it is conservatively estimated to be worth around 750,000.

The Whelans are expected to keep half the value of the treasure, with the other half going to the North Yorkshire farmer in whose field it was found.


In November 2016 Jason Baker found a 2ft long lead bar using his metal detector


A treasure hunter who unearthed a 2,000-year-old Roman ingot on a farm last year sold it for 60,000.

In November 2016 Jason Baker found the 2ft long lead bar using his metal detector on a routine rally in the Mendip Hills near Wells, Somerset, earlier this year.

The stunning 85lb ingot, which is inscribed with the name of emperor Marcus Aurelius Armeniacus and dates to 164 CE, was not regarded as treasure as it is made of lead instead of gold or silver.

That meant it was 'finders keepers' for the 31-year-old, who will sell the 'very rare' item at auction later this month.


Read more: Treasure-hunter discovers rare 2,000-year-old Roman coins | Daily Mail Online
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Danbones
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The nice thing about history eh?

You're damn lucky you were conquered by a wealthy people, haha

Over here, arrow heads and pot shards aren't worth much in today's market or we would dig the whole joint up too.
It's too bad we were conquered by the Hudson's bay company - a bunch of scots - they weren't known to just leave any money lying around.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Danbones View Post

The nice thing about history eh?

your damn lucky you were conquered by a wealthy people haha

Over here, arrow heads and pot shard aren't worth much in today's market or we would dig the whole joint up too.
It's too bad we were conquered by the Hudson's bay company - a bunch of scots - they weren't known to just leave any money lying around.

The finding of an Edward VII 25 cents coin from 1910 would be considered ancient history in Canada.
 
Danbones
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European history maybe. I have a self sharpening stone skin scraper from possibly
( by situation - knowing where the water level was at the time) about 10,000 to 12,000 years old.

Its been verified..the self sharpening was something I had to point out to them, so I take it this piece is valuable because of that rareness.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Danbones View Post

European, history maybe. I have a self sharpening stone skin scraper from possibly bu situation was about 10,000 years old

The odd stone scraper doesn't compare to the myriad of history and its accompanying artefacts that the UK and other countries have.
 
Danbones
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You got any self sharpening history there BL?
We have 50 thousand years of history at a few sites around here (in the Americas )

The copper mines at Manitoulin island just up the bay from me, have been dated to 100,000 years.
( everyone involved in that dating, all sorts of varied scientists, were fired by the government )

kinda makes what you got look childish
 
Danbones
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walty gave m a red for reporting history
blow me buddy

"What is the history of research there?

The site was discovered by National Museum of Canada archaeologist Thomas E. Lee in 1951, and he excavated intensively there with large crews for the next four years (1952 to 1955). They made exciting finds that put Sheguiandah on the map for having the oldest traces of man in Ontario (Paleo-Indian spearpoints, about 10,000 years old). Even these soon paled in significance, however, when geologists told Lee that artifacts under the spearpoints were in Ice Age deposits. This exploded the established idea that spear-throwing Clovis Indians were the first humans to enter the Americas, after the Ice Age. Lee was vigorous in making his case, but the established authorities did not want to hear it. More than four decades would pass before the American "Clovis barrier" could be broken."
The Sheguiandah archaeological site, on Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron, is one of Canada's oldest. It has Archaic, Paleo-Indian, and pre-Clovis components.>

LEE's GEOLOGISTS reported the dig to be from 90,000 to 120,000 years old
they were all fired, including the guy who ran the department

New Evidence Puts Man In North America 50,000 Years Ago
https://www.sciencedaily.com/release...1118104010.htm

Christians don't do science
it kills their gods
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by Danbones View Post

walty gave m a red for reporting history
blow me buddy

"What is the history of research there?

The site was discovered by National Museum of Canada archaeologist Thomas E. Lee in 1951, and he excavated intensively there with large crews for the next four years (1952 to 1955). They made exciting finds that put Sheguiandah on the map for having the oldest traces of man in Ontario (Paleo-Indian spearpoints, about 10,000 years old). Even these soon paled in significance, however, when geologists told Lee that artifacts under the spearpoints were in Ice Age deposits. This exploded the established idea that spear-throwing Clovis Indians were the first humans to enter the Americas, after the Ice Age. Lee was vigorous in making his case, but the established authorities did not want to hear it. More than four decades would pass before the American "Clovis barrier" could be broken."
The Sheguiandah archaeological site, on Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron, is one of Canada's oldest. It has Archaic, Paleo-Indian, and pre-Clovis components.>

LEE's GEOLOGISTS reported the dig to be from 90,000 to 120,000 years old
they were all fired, including the guy who ran the department

New Evidence Puts Man In North America 50,000 Years Ago
https://www.sciencedaily.com/release...1118104010.htm

Christians don't do science
it kills their gods

Did they find any Drachma? Now THAT would be interesting!