From priceless unknown tombs to sunken treasure worth billions of dollars. Discover these 10 biggest treasure discoveries that left the whole world amazed, in this episode of History Countdown.
A One Trillion Dollar Hidden Treasure Chamber is Discovered at India's Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
I was recently traveling extensively throughout India and was excited to visit Thiruvananthapuram on the southwest coast, filled with British colonial architecture and lined by popular beaches . What intrigued me about the area was the excitement in the Indian press and throughout the region of the mass treasures that were unearthed at the famed Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Visiting the temple, I was awestruck at its decadence and gold-plated glory. This was after all the richest temple in the world. After my visit, it was announced that a hidden treasure vault had been discovered beyond the already well-documented Vault B inside. Adding to recent treasure findings in several other vaults, the researchers are estimating could total over $1 trillion. But that is where the problem starts, nobody wants to dare open the hidden inner sanctum.
Like all hidden treasure stories, Kerala’s Shree Padmanabhaswamy Temple has been a fascination in India for many years, and one shrouded in mystery and fear. Two enormous Cobras are rumored to be protecting the innermost hidden chamber. To make matters worse, legend has it that anyone who opens the vault will be met with disastrous results.
The mysterious Vault B has kept everyone at bay for many years, although five other vaults were opened in 2011 by a team approved by the Supreme Court. The inventory unveiled a major priceless treasure. Massive piles of jewels, idols, and coins were uncovered. The myth of Vault B and its dangers were recently discounted when the Auditor General Vinod Rai informed the Supreme Court that Vault B had been opened at least seven times to his knowledge since 1990 and nothing horrific happened.
(UPDATED 8/22/16) According to the India Times, a n audit conducted into the assets of the famed Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram has shown that a massive amount of gold from its repositories has mysteriously disappeared. Up to 769 Gold Pots and Silver bars have been reported missing. Some skeptics are also suggesting that there is a hidden tunnel beneath the chamber that allowed the architects to lock the chamber doors from within, making it impossible to breach. This secret tunnel could invariably have led to many years of plundering the treasure trove without anyone noticing.
An expert panel inventorying assets at the Temple has approached the apex court for permission to open the vault, as per a report in Hindustan Times. The report also added that the Travancore royal family along with a section of devotees and the shrine’s administration opposed the opening of the B-vault but may lose their fight to an expected Supreme Court ruling.
Vault B door with Cobra guardians
What has not been acknowledged by the Indian Court is the existence of a hidden inner chamber beyond Vault B. This chamber is historical told to have thick walls made of solid gold and it is where the mystery really exists and could contain the largest undiscovered treasure find in the history of the world.
Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The shrine is currently run by a trust headed by the royal family of Travancore. The temple and its assets belong to Lord Padmanabhaswamy and were for a long time controlled by a trust headed by the Travancore Royal family. However, now the Supreme Court of India has removed the Travancore Royal Family from leading the management of the temple.
The temple is one of 108 centers of worship in Vaishnavism. The temple is renown from the early medieval Tamil literature (6th–9th centuries), with structural additions to it made throughout the 16th century, when its ornate Gopuram was constructed.
Exterior temple (photo by Jim Dobson)
The Temple is a replica of the famous Sri Adikesavaperumal Temple at Thiruvattar, and only Hindus are allowed entry. In the temple, Sri Padmanabha reclines on the serpent Anantha or Adi Sesha. The serpent has five hoods facing inwards, signifying contemplation. The Lord's right hand is placed over a Shiva lingam. Sridevi, the Goddess of Prosperity and Bhudevi the Goddess of Earth, two consorts of Vishnu are by his side. Brahma emerges on a lotus, which emanates from the navel of the Lord. The platforms in front of the Vimanam and where the deity rests, are both carved out of a single massive stone cut out of a rock measuring 20 feet square and 2.5 feet thick
Among the six chambers in the Temple, Chamber B is very closely associated with Sri Padmanabhaswamy. It is not a part of the Temple Treasury. The holy Chamber houses an idol of Sri Padmanabha and many valuables meant to enhance the potency of the Principal Deity.
The Supreme Court of India and its seven-member committee have already opened six of the secret vaults and have discovered at a depth of 20 feet underground approximately $22 billion in treasure including, golden idols, golden elephants and idols wearing 18 foot diamond necklaces, as well as countless bags of gold coins from around the world and ceremonial costumes included 66 pound solid gold coconut shells studded with rubies and emeralds.
Treasure discovered in one of the earlier chambers
In an inventory list from August 2014, Vault A contained 2,000 pounds of gold coins, dating to around 200 B.C. Also found, was a pure Golden Throne adorned with hundreds of diamonds and fully precious stones, meant as a seat for the 18-foot-long Deity. In additional solid gold crowns have been found, all studded with diamonds and other precious stones. The valuables are believed to have been accumulated in the temple over several thousands of years, having been donated to the Deity by various Dynasties and Kings.
Chamber B has long been considered by Astrologers of India, as highly mysterious, sacred and too dangerous to unveil it. The enormous steel door of Chamber B has two massive cobras painted on it and has no bolts, latches or any other means of entry. This is mystery straight out of an Indiana Jones movie.
A door of such a secret vault is known to be opened only by a high level ‘SADHUS’ familiar with the knowledge of chanting a ‘GARUDA MANTRA.' The door cannot be opened by any means by anyone, and at present, there is nobody in the world who possesses the highly sacred and powerful ‘SIDDHAPURSHAS’ and how to execute the highly sacred ‘GARUDA MANTRA.'
Sri Padmanabha reclines on the serpent Anantha
If any human attempts are made with man-made technology to open the mysterious inner chamber beyond Chamber B, other than by chanting highly sacred and powerful ‘GARUDA MANTRAS,' it is told that disasters are likely to occur in and around the Temple and throughout India and quite possibly the world.
A book titled ‘Travancore: A guidebook for the visitor’ authored by Emily Gilchrist Hatch recalled a group of people who tried to open the vaults in 1931 and had to flee for their lives when they found the place infested with cobras, and also mentioned a similarly unsuccessful attempt in 1908.
In 2014, journalist Jake Halpern with The New Yorker Magazine conducted extensive interviews with the people who opened the vaults and said “The doors to Vaults A and B required multiple keys, which had been entrusted to Varma and the temple’s current executive, V. K. Harikumar. The observers used the keys to open the metal-grille door to Vault B, and discovered a sturdy wooden door just behind it. They opened this door as well and encountered a third door, made of iron, which was jammed shut. So they turned their attention to Vault A. Once again, they unlocked two outer doors, one of metal and the other of wood. They entered a small room with a huge rectangular slab on the floor, like a toppled tombstone. It took five men more than thirty minutes to move the slab. Beneath it they found a narrow, pitch-black passage, barely wide enough for an adult to get through, leading down a short flight of steps. It was just like the “hollow covered by a stone” previously described by a British missionary. Before the observers descended, a team of firemen arrived and used special equipment to pump oxygen into the enclosure. At the bottom of the stairs was the vault."
One of the observers was a fifty-nine-year-old attorney named M. Balagovindan, who was Sundararajan’s personal lawyer and a trusted friend. He recalled his first glimpse of the treasure: “When they removed the granite stone, it was almost perfectly dark, except for a small amount of light coming in through the doorway behind us. As I looked into the darkened vault, what I saw looked like stars glittering in a night sky when there is no moon. Diamonds and gems were sparkling, reflecting what little light there was. Much of the wealth had originally been stored in wooden boxes, but, with time, the boxes had cracked and turned to dust. And so the gems and gold were just sitting in piles on the dusty floor. It was amazing.”
According to Rajan, the observers instructed temple employees to haul everything from Vault A upstairs, for inspection. It took fifteen men all day. Rajan said that beholding the treasure was a “divine moment.” There were countless gold rings, bangles, and lockets, many encrusted with gems. And there were gold chains, each studded with jewels and eighteen feet long—the length of the main idol. Rajan told me that coin experts estimated that the vault held approximately a hundred thousand gold coins, spanning centuries of trade: Roman, Napoleonic, Mughal, Dutch. He also described seeing a set of solid-gold body armor, known as an Angi, built to adorn the main idol.
The vault also contained loose diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and other precious stones. According to Balagovindan, the most impressive gems were the large diamonds, some of which were a hundred and ten carats—“the size of a large thumb,” as he put it. The archaeologists and gemologists estimated that a small solid-gold idol of Vishnu, encrusted with hundreds of gems, was worth thirty million dollars.”
Today the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple is now protected by metal detectors, security cameras, and more than two hundred guards, some of whom are equipped with machine guns
On November 11, 2015, the court was submitted a 500-page report pointing out instances of grave mismanagement and theft of the discovered gold in a very controlled corrupt manner by the temple management. The investigation is currently in process and could end up in the higher courts or shelved completely. The fear of the unknown is very real in India, and even Supreme Court judges are not immune to its legend.
10 Biggest Treasure Discoveries - HISTORY
This week, the 1.5 millionth discovery made by the public has been recorded on the British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) database. The PAS scheme, which was launched in 1997, records archaeological finds discovered in England and Wales by members of the public. Since then, colleagues from the British Museum and Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales – have managed the programme, working with 40 regional Finds Liaison Officers (FLOs) to identify and record the finds, from arrowheads and axes to brooches and buckles.
The discoveries have shaped our understanding of the archaeology of Britain, and represent human existence on the British Isles from the Palaeolithic, with 700,000-year-old worked flints, through to 20th-century militia badges. They range in size from vast coin hoards – the largest being the Frome Hoard with 52,000 coins – to one-off finds like the Ringlemere Cup, which you can read about below.
To celebrate the milestone of 1.5 million finds, we’ve compiled a top ten list of discoveries which have most transformed our knowledge of the past.
1. The Ringlemere Cup
We’re starting the list with a trip back to Bronze Age Kent, and shining a light on the dazzling Ringlemere Cup which was discovered on 4 November 2001. This golden vessel was made between 1700–1500 BC, and was found by metal-detectorist Cliff Bradshaw in the fields of Ringlemere Farm in the south of England.
The cup is one of the oldest treasures ever discovered in Britain, and is incredibly important due to its age and rarity – only one other gold Bronze Age cup has been found in England. Although the vessel is now crumpled, probably as a result of a farmer’s plough, it has a rounded base which suggests it would have been held and passed around, perhaps like a modern communion cup.
2. Roman ‘grots’
Although individually they might not seem special, these Roman ‘grots’ – a term sometimes used to describe worn and corroded coins from this period – can be incredibly useful in telling us about where people lived, worked and travelled in Roman Britain.
Each emperor (and most usurpers) issued their own coinage, meaning we can trace the growth of Roman Britain from the invasion in AD 43 through to the collapse of the province by AD 409/410. Over 320,000 Roman coins have now been recorded on the PAS database, found all over England and Wales. They tell us that the rural landscape may have been more important to the Roman economy than we have previously imagined, acting as an important source of food for the Roman army.
3. Domitianus – the doubtful emperor
When a coin minted by the Roman emperor Domitianus was found in a French hoard in 1900, it was rejected as a hoax – nobody had ever head of a ‘Domitianus’ and there was no supporting evidence for his existence.
It wasn’t until 2003, when metal-detectorist Brian Malin found a jar containing 4,957 Roman coins including one bearing the portrait of the same Domitianus, that opinion began to change. Because of this discovery, we now know that Domitianus is likely to have been a very short-lived emperor in Gaul – he may have only ruled for a few days or weeks, but he made sure to mint a few coins in that time.
4. A souvenir from Hadrian’s wall
Beautifully decorated with colourful enamel circles, the Staffordshire Moorlands Pan is one of a group that were crafted to celebrate Hadrian’s Wall, usually as keepsakes for the soldiers who spent their time on this edge of the empire.
Inscribed around the rim are the names of the four forts on the western end of the Wall – a sequence which would have brought to mind endless marches along this route between the garrisons for the soldiers stationed there. One of them may have been Draco – the likely owner of this pan, whose name is inscribed on it.
5. The Staffordshire Hoard
Another transformative discovery to have come through the PAS is the Staffordshire Hoard, which shone new light on the early Anglo Saxon period.
In 2009, over four and a half thousand fragments of war gear and religious objects from the 7th century were discovered near the village of Hammerwich in the English Midlands, amounting to 4kg of gold and 1.5kg of silver. Both the size of the hoard and the exquisite craftmanship of some of the objects garnered significant public attention, turning the world’s gaze on the early Anglo Saxon period and raising new questions about the people who made and used these beautiful items.
You can see objects from the dazzling hoard at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and the Potteries Museum.
6. Alfred the Great
The late 9th century in Britain was a time of turmoil, as Viking forces swept through the kingdoms of Northumbria, East Anglia, and Mercia, before turning their attention on Wessex – the home of Alfred the Great.
The Watlington Hoard, containing Viking silver jewellery, ingots and coins, illuminates the political situation right after AD 878, when Alfred defeated the Vikings at the battle of Edington. In the hoard were rare silver pennies of Alfred the Great and the king of Mercia, Ceolwulf II, which were produced using the same design, suggesting economic co-operation between the two kingdoms in a time of great uncertainty.
The Watlington Hoard is on display at the Ashmolean Museum.
7. The Chew Valley Hoard
1066 – the year of the Norman Conquest – was the start of a period of huge instability in English history, as the country transitioned from Anglo Saxon to Norman rule.
The Chew Valley Hoard, found in 2019, was buried in the west of England during the early years of William the Conqueror’s rule, and its contents are divided between coins minted under Harold II – the last crowned Anglo Saxon king, and the first issue of coinage under William. The hoard has doubled the number of coins available to study for Harold, and increased by five times those for William, opening up new windows of discovery for the late 1060s.
8. From the Anglo Saxons to Afghanistan
The Vale of York Hoard is an astonishing record of Viking wealth, craftsmanship, and trade links – and it all fits into one little silver-gilt cup.
The hoard was found by father and son David and Andrew Whelan in 2007, and contains a remarkable range of objects. Deposited around AD 927, the cup itself is probably from a church in Carolingian France, and much of the jewellery within is Irish. Remarkably, the coins extend in origin from Anglo Saxon England to Afghanistan.
You’ll find objects from the Vale of York Hoard at Yorkshire Museum.
9. Pilgrim badges for Thomas Becket
Although pilgrim badges are not especially rare, this particular example, found on the banks of the River Thames in 2016, is surprisingly pristine considering it lay in the river mud for perhaps 700 years.
Made in the 14th or 15th century, it shows the assassination of Saint Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral and the hand of god descending on Becket at the moment of his martyrdom. Pilgrim badges like this one were hugely popular throughout the Middle Ages – they were used as proof of a pilgrimage, and many believed they turned into a lucky charm when they had touched a relic.
10. Richard III’s Bosworth boar
We know that King Richard III used the symbol of the boar as his emblem throughout his life – badges were made for his coronation and for the investiture of his son as the Prince of Wales, but this particular pig tells us more about his death.
Made of silver-gilt, this broken badge was found at the site of the Battle of Bosworth where Richard famously lost his life in the Wars of the Roses. It is likely to have been lost by a member of the king’s personal household, and its remarkable discovery has moved the epicentre of the battle about 3 kilometres from where it was previously thought.
All of these discoveries have been made by members of the public, who have recorded their finds through the PAS with the help of a network of 40 Finds Liaison Officers (FLOs) who work as a team directed by the Museum, and are based locally at 100 national and local partners. We’d like to say thank you to everyone who has voluntarily come forward to record their discoveries so we can all learn more about our shared past. The PAS team are looking forward to even more finds being recorded – who knows what exciting discoveries are yet to be made!
If any of these discoveries have piqued your interest, all the information recorded on the PAS database is freely available to anyone, and is used by students, scholars, researchers and the public alike – you can start exploring here.
If you’re lucky enough to find something of archaeological interest buried in your garden, record any finds through your local Finds Liaison officer – the stories above show you never know what you might discover when doing some digging.
Discovery's Expedition Unknown finds buried treasure from The Secret book
In Wednesday’s episode of Expedition Unknown, Josh Gates will interview a Boston family who located buried treasure from the 1982 book The Secret. The tome by Bryon Preiss featured 12 puzzles for readers to solve so they can unearth forgotten goodies in parks around the country. Last year, Gates did a special on the book that set off a frenzy it also inspired the Krupat family of Boston to do a little digging themselves. Here, Gates talks about the episode.
On The Secret: “Like a lot of people, I heard about it third-hand somewhere. It kind of fell into obscurity and it was something that really got reignited by the internet. Facebook pages and message groups got together and people started to really work together to try to solve these puzzles that a lot of folks had forgotten about.”
What to expect from Wednesday’s episode: “The first thing we do is to try to bring people up to speed a little bit on the story. It’s fairly straightforward. This author Byron published this book and did this really brave in thing. He buried 12 treasure boxes in 12 parks across America and then published this book, which you have to use to find your way to those different boxes. And so about a year after the book was published, the first box was founded by these three teenagers in Chicago, which ended up itself being kind of an amazing story. This group of friends who got together and found this treasure box in their home city. And then 20 years went by and nobody found one. And then in 2004 two lawyers from New Jersey discovered the second box buried in Cleveland. So what we do is take people back through where we are up to this point. Two boxes have been found, 10 are still missing. And you know, my own relationship with the story is that we’ve made two episodes about The Secret. I’ve been making TV for 11 or 12 years now. I’ve never had a response to an episode like the two shows that we previously made. I’ve had thousands and thousands of letters and emails from people telling me that they’re convinced that they know where the next box is buried. People write to me all the time and they𠆝 say, ‘it’s in my hometown’ or ‘I know what city it’s in.&apos”
On the Boston family: “Jason Krupat reached out to me a couple of weeks ago who said like a lot of other people have said, ‘I know where one of the boxes is.’ The difference is that he attached a photo with a broken piece of ceramic. Having seen the other two boxes, this looked really familiar to me. So I called him up immediately. I was in the Indian Ocean making a show. I called him up and I said, ‘Jason, what the hell is this? Where did you find this?’ He told me enough to get me interested and then he said, come to Boston and I’ll take you through it. So what you’re going to see is that moment of meeting Jason and having him take us through the city to explain to us what he found.”
6 Japanese Super Submarine Located Off the Coast of Oahu
Recently, a Japanese mega-submarine missing since 1946 has been spotted off the southwest coast of Oahu, submerged in more than 2,300 feet of water.
The I-400 was the largest and most technologically advanced sub of its day. It was capable of traveling one and half times around the globe without refueling and deploying three 1800kg bombs, all within minutes of resurfacing.
By the end of WWII, the sub had been captured by the U.S. military and kept at Pearl Harbor for inspection. When the Cold War began, the Soviets demanded access to the vessel under terms of a WWII treaty, but the U.S., not wanting the technology to fall into Soviet hands, denied any knowledge of its whereabouts.
Who Buried the $10 Million in Coins Found by a California Couple—and Why?
What they found, where it's from—and what are the odds?
The dream of discovering buried treasure came true for a California couple who found a real pot of gold while walking their dog. The largest such hoard ever found in the U.S. is comprised of 1,411 gold coins, minted between 1847 and 1894, worth an estimated $10 million in today's market.
The coins are now known as the Saddle Ridge Hoard, after a feature on the couple's property. Both the location of the land and the couple's identity are being kept secret.
According to an interview given to the coin company that will market the hoard, the discovery was made on a path they had used for years. Spotting the side of a rusted can barely emerging from a hillside, they dug it out with a stick and carried it home. Subsequent trips to the site turned up several more treasure-filled cans.
Most of the coins are $20 gold pieces, known as double eagles. All of those were made at the San Francisco mint, founded in 1854 to process the nuggets that prospectors were finding in the newly discovered California gold fields.
But at least one of the coins came from a much earlier bonanza—a $5 piece known as a Dahlonega half eagle.
"Before the California gold rush, there were discoveries [of gold] in North Carolina and Georgia in the early 1800s—not on the same scale, of course, but enough to cause rushes to those places," said Douglas Mudd, the director and curator of the American Numismatic Association's Money Museum, in a phone interview.
"The U.S. government then opened two mints—one in Charlotte and the other in Dahlonega," he explained. Before that time, the mint in Philadelphia was the country's only such facility, established in 1792 when the city was the national capital.
At the start of the U.S. Civil War, the Confederate government took over the mints in North Carolina and Georgia. But by then, the East Coast gold had mostly played out, and the mints closed after the end of the war.
Aside from sheer quantity, one of the extraordinary features of the Saddle Ridge Hoard is the condition of the coins. "They are in very good shape—they don't show a whole lot of wear," says Mudd. "Some of them probably haven't circulated at all."
About a dozen of the coins, in fact, are among the best surviving examples of their kind.
Condition affects the value of a coin, as does rarity. In 1860, for example, San Francisco produced more gold double eagles than it did in 1866, so coins from the latter year have added value. One of the finest double eagles from the Saddle Ridge Hoard, minted in 1866, has an estimated value of $1 million.
Some of the coins will be on display at the National Money Show opening tomorrow in Atlanta. Exhibitors setting up booths today already had a bit of gold fever.
After that, some pieces will be auctioned others will be posted on Amazon.com for sale. The California couple hope to use the proceeds to help needy residents of their community.
Based on the dates of the coins and the cans they were found in, experts believe that the hoard may have been buried over a span of time, but surely not after the early years of the 20th century.
The hoard's face value is $28,000. "That was a lot of money in the late 1800s," says Mudd. "A huge amount."
Who would have left a fortune in the ground and not returned to claim it?
A prospector who wanted to protect his stash? Not likely. "There were still a few people panning for gold in the 1890s," says Mudd, "but by then companies were doing most of the mining."
An outlaw trying to hide the coins while on the lam? Perhaps.
Someone extremely wealthy, eccentric, and distrustful of banks? Another possibility.
A researcher with the time and interest, who knows the location of the find, might uncover an answer. Property records would record the owner of the land in the late 1800s, says Mudd. That might be one clue. And a search through newspapers of the time could turn up a report of money gone missing. There might even have been a local tradition of buried treasure recorded somewhere.
Could another lucky person strike gold like this, somewhere in the U.S., in the future? Not very likely.
"You get a lot of hoards in Europe—coins buried for hundreds or thousands of years," says Mudd, "but they're less common in the U.S. Our history isn't that long, and for most of the time we've had banks, so people have tended to put their money there."
The occasional cache of Spanish pieces of eight comes to light in the Southwest. Or a modest collection of colonial coins is uncovered. Finding "60, 70, 200 coins—yes," says Mudd. "1,400? That's exceptional."
In 1985, construction workers in Jackson, Tennessee, unearthed 300 gold coins in almost mint condition. The workers quickly took them to banks for cash, traded them for jewelry, and in one case even exchanged some for a used car. A book called Gold Is the Key, published in 2012, makes the case that the coins are linked to a local bank robbery and murder in 1859.
Most discoveries wouldn't have such a dramatic backstory, and are rare occurrences anyway. Still, people who sweep metal detectors over fields as a hobby, and backyard dog walkers casually kicking up a bit of dirt, can always hope for a lucky strike.
Has Josh found anything on Expedition Unknown?
If you&aposre a fan of the show, you know he&aposs made many discoveries.
Though Expedition Unknown sometimes results in Josh not finding anything, he will usually stumble upon lost treasures. Most recently, Discovery documented a live mummy unveiling on Expedition Unknown: Egypt Live. The two-hour live event, which aired last month, saw our host exploring the 2,500-year-old mummy of a high priest.
“This has been such an amazing experience,” said the host during the broadcast. “There aren’t many people who can say they’ve gone down into unexplored ancient tombs, especially with a living legend like Dr. Hawass. We were able to document spectacular artifacts and mummies and bring viewers along in real time. It was the thrill of a lifetime.”"
He continued, “Never in my 50 years in archaeology have I experienced something on such a grand scale as this.”
10 of the Most Valuable Treasure Troves Ever Found
Amazing treasure hoards have been found by amateurs wielding metal detectors.
When you hear what people have found while searching for buried treasure with a metal detector, you may want to go out and buy one for yourself. Here are some of the most valuable treasure hoards ever found.
1. Staffordshire Hoard - 2009 | Value: $4.1 Million
On July 5, 2009, Terry Herbert, an amateur treasure hunter, was searching a newly-plowed farm field near Hammerwich, Staffordshire, England when his metal detector pinged. With the permission of the landowner, Fred Johnson, over five days of digging, 3,500 objects were pulled from the ground.
They were part of what came to be called the Staffordshire Hoard. It is comprised solely of military objects, with no vessels or eating utensils or jewelry. It included over 11 pounds (5.1 kg) of gold, 3 pounds (1.4 kg) of silver and semi-precious garnets. The garnets would have come from as far away as Sri Lanka or Afghanistan.
The objects were most likely created during the 6th and 7th centuries. At that time, the location was part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia. It's possible that the hoard was buried in 875 A.D. when the area came under attack by Vikings.
In November 2009, the hoard was valued at £3.285 million, and the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery launched a fundraising effort to raise enough money to buy it. With only three weeks to go before a deadline, that amount was raised. Today, the hoard is displayed at the Birmingham Museum.
In 2012, two documentaries about the hoard aired: the BBC Two's Saxon Hoard: A Golden Discovery, and the Time Team's Secrets of the Saxon Gold.
2. The Le Catillon II Hoard - 2012 | Value: Over 10 Million Pounds
Sometime in the early 1980s, metal detection enthusiasts Reg Mead and Richard Miles encountered a woman who told them a strange story.
She said that her father, a farmer on the British island of Jersey in the English Channel, had discovered silver coins while plowing his field. Mead and Miles approached the farmer, who gave them permission to search, but only for 10 to 15 hours right after the field's crop were harvested.
Thirty years later, Mead and Miles were still searching when in June 2012, they spotted coins. Calling in some professional archaeologists, the coins slowly made their way out of the ground, all 68,000 of them!
The hoard also contained gold neck torcs, a sort of opened-ended necklace, and glass beads. Archaeologists determined that the hoard was buried around 30 B.C. to 40 B.C. by French Celts who were known as the Coriosolitae tribe of Celts.
They were most likely fleeing from a Roman invasion &mdash Julius Caesar was the Roman Emperor at the time. The Le Catillon II Hoard is the largest hoard of gold jewelry and Celtic coins ever discovered.
3. St. Albans Hoard - 2012 | Value: £100,000
In September 2012, Westley Carrington went into a shop in the English town of Berkhamsted and bought a beginner's metal detector. He then went out to hunt for coins on a farm field.
What Carrington found is one of the largest hoards of Roman gold coins ever found in Great Britain. It included 159 Roman Solidi, which date to the late fourth century A.D. This was when the Roman occupation of Britain ended.
The coins were struck during the reigns of Emperors Gratian, Valentinian II, Theodosius I, Arcadius and Honorius, and they were far more valuable than the typical silver, and bronze Roman coins.
During the fourth century A.D., St. Albans was the important Roman town of Verulamium, and the coins are now displayed at the Verulamium Museum.
4. Hoxne Hoard - 1992 | Value: $3.8 Million
On November 16, 1992, tenant farmer Peter Whatling had lost a hammer in a farm field just southwest of the village of Hoxne in Suffolk, England. The tenant asked his friend, Eric Lawes, to use his metal detector to find the hammer.
What Lawes found instead were silver spoons, gold jewelry, and gold and silver coins. After alerting authorities, a team of archaeologists was dispatched to the site, and they excavated it in a day.
What they unearthed was the largest hoard of late Roman gold and silver ever discovered in Britain. The Hoxne Hoard is also the largest collection of fourth and fifth-century coins found anywhere in the Roman Empire.
Among the items in the hoard were 569 gold coins (solidi), 14,272 silver coins, (miliarenses and siliquae), 24 bronze coins (nummi), 29 gold jewelry pieces, 98 silver spoons and ladles, a silver vessel handle shaped like a tigress, and four pepper pots, including the Empress Pepper Pot.
In 1993, England's Treasure Valuation Committee valued the hoard at £1.75 million, or £3.5 million in 2018 pounds. That amount was paid to Whatling and Lawes.
The Hoxne Hoard is on display at the British Museum in London. Also on display is Whatling's hammer.
5. The Cuerdale Hoard - 1840 | Value: $3.2 Million
On May 15, 1840, a group of workers was repairing the embankment of the River Ribble in Cuerdale, which is near Preston, England. They dug up a lead box which contained one of the largest Viking hoards ever found.
The hoard was comprised of over 8,600 items, including silver coins, jewelry, and silver ingots. While most of the items were created in eastern England Viking settlements, some of them came from Scandinavia, Italy, and Byzantium.
The coins were most likely buried between 903 A.D. and 910 A.D., right after the Vikings had been expelled from Dublin. Surprisingly, Preston folklore was that anyone who stands on the south bank of the River Ribble and looks upriver would be within sight of the richest treasure in England.
The treasure was given to Queen Victoria, and it is currently on display at the British Museum. The Cuerdale Hoard was included in the 2003 BBC documentary, Our Top Ten Treasures.
6. Środa Treasure - 1885 - 1888 | Value: $120 Million
On June 8, 1885, workers were demolishing an old building in the Polish town of Środa Śląska when they found a vase. In it were over 3,000 silver coins dating to the 14th century.
When demolition work moved to a nearby building, silver coins and gold florin coins were found. Enterprising locals started scouring the municipal landfill where debris from the buildings had been taken. That's when things took an eye-popping turn.
Items found included a gold woman's crown that most likely belonged to the first wife of Emperor Charles IV, two 12th century gold pendants, two 13th century gold pendants, a medieval gold clasp containing precious stones, and a sapphire ring.
It has been determined that the treasure belonged to Emperor Charles IV, who likely pawned it to raise funds to support his claim to the title of King of the Romans.
The Środa Treasure is displayed at the Regional Museum in Środa Śląska. The owner of the hoard is the National Museum in Wrocław, Poland.
7. Caesarea Sunken Treasure - 2015 | Value: Priceless
In February 2015, a violent storm churned up Israel's Mediterranean coastline. The next morning, Zvika Fayer was scuba diving off the ancient port town of Caesarea when something caught his eye. The sea floor was littered with gold coins having Arabic script on both sides.
The coins were dinars, minted during the reigns of Caliphs al-Hakim (996&ndash1021 A.D.) and his son al-Zahir (1021&ndash1036 A.D.). At that time, Caesarea was part of the Islamic Fatimid Dynasty, and the time period was just before the First Crusade in 1095 A.D.
Caesarea has a long and storied past. It flourished in 400 B.C. as a Phoenician and Greek trading post. Around 96 B.C., it was ruled by Queen Cleopatra. After the area was conquered by Rome, it was ruled by Herod the Great, and by 6 A.D., it was the capital of the Roman province of Judea and home to Pontius Pilate.
In all, over 2,000 coins have been pulled from the sea, and they are all 24-karat, having a purity in excess of 95%.
8. The Panagyurishte Treasure - 1949 | Value: Priceless
On December 8, 1949, brothers Pavel, Petko, and Michail Deikov were searching for clay at a tile factory near Panagyurishte, Bulgaria, when one of the brothers found what looked like a whistle and other objects. The brothers then took them to the mayor's office.
The whistle was actually a solid gold ceremonial drinking horn dating to the 4th century B.C. There were also golden decanters, golden dishes, and gold vases.
In all, 13 pounds (6.164 kg) of 24-karat gold was unearthed. The items date to between the 4th and 3rd centuries B.C. and are thought to have belonged to the Thracian king, Seuthes III. The items might have been buried to hide them from invasions by the Celts or Macedonians.
The treasure is displayed at the Plovdiv Regional Historical Museum.
9. The Saddle Ridge Hoard - 2013 | Value: A lot!
In February 2013, a Northern California couple were walking their dog on their large, rural property when something caught their eye. It was a large, rusty can.
After prying it out of the ground, the couple was amazed to find that the can contained gold coins. Using a metal detector, they unearthed eight cans filled with 1,427 gold coins that all dated from between 1847 and 1894.
The couple then noticed an old can hanging from a tree, and an odd-shaped rock on a nearby hillside. These two markers pointed directly to the burial site.
The coins consisted of $20, $10 and $5 denominations, and when the couple contacted Kagin's, a numismatics firm in Tiburon, California, they learned that many of the coins were in uncirculated, or mint condition.
In fact, many of the coins were the finest specimens of their kind ever found. These include:
* An 1866-S $20 Double Eagle coin no motto, valued at $1 million,
* An 1866-S $20 Double Eagle coin with a motto, which is the finest known specimen,
* An 1877-S $20 Double Eagle coin, which is tied for the finest known specimen,
* Four 1888-S $20 Double Eagle coins, which are tied for the finest known specimens,
* Two 1889-S $20 Double Eagle, which are tied for the finest known specimens,
* An 1894-S $20 Double Eagle, which is tied for the finest known specimen.
Questions immediately arose as to whether the Saddle Ridge Hoard could be the result of a theft from the U.S. Mint.
On March 4, 2014, the Mint stated that they ". do not have any information linking the Saddle Ridge Hoard coins to any thefts at any United States Mint facility," and that they've "done quite a bit of research, and we've got a crack team of lawyers, and trust me, if this was U.S. government property we'd be going after it." I believe them.
10. Bactrian Gold - 1978 | Value: Priceless
A year before the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, in 1978, a Soviet-Afghan team of archaeologists led by a Greek-Russian archaeologist Viktor Sarianidi was excavating at Tillya tepe. In Persian, that means "Golden Hill," and little did the team know how aptly that was named.
At the site, there were six burial mounds, one containing a man, and five containing women, who were possibly the man's wives.
Out of the ground came 20,600 items, including coins, gold, silver, ivory, and precious stones. The items dated to between 100 B.C. and 100 A.D. and included necklaces, belts, medallions, and a crown.
During the wars in Afghanistan, the Bactrian Gold hoard was nowhere to be seen, but it resurfaced again in 2003. A new museum will be built in Kabul where the treasure will eventually be kept.
The holidays are coming up, and I don't know about you, but this year, I'm asking for a metal detector.
10 Best Historical Metal Detecting Finds
All detectorists have dreamt of making that one great find at some point. We have all wondered what our lives would be like if we made a significant discovery and uncovered a truly valuable piece of history. Not all of the most significant detecting finds bring fame and fortune to detectorists. For many, it is just the excitement of finding something hidden and that time forgot.
While some detecting finds can be treasures worth a lot of money, others are just as important for historical reasons. For many, the excitement, exercise and friendships made along the way are their main inspiration for being involved in the hobby. In this article we explore the top ten finds made by metaldetector.com customers over the past decade!
10. George Washington Inaugural Cuff Button
George Washington served as America’s first president from April 1789 until March 1797. The Father of the United States was an American Revolutionary War hero when he took office and was one of the founders of the country. In 2019, Jon Tetreault was on a search around central Massachusetts, when he located a cuff button from George Washington’s 1789 inauguration. Tetreault wasn’t sure what he initially found, but after returning home and cleaning the button, he realized his incredible detecting find.
9. 1956 Class Ring
Class rings are often worn by high school students and at one time, they were a popular piece of jewelry that most students purchased. In 2013, Michigan resident Rick Vance found three class rings in a few days of searching. After finding one of the items, a women’s 1956 ring, Vance went about locating the owner to return it. As fate would have it, he was able to make contact with Carol, the owner of the ring, who had lost it in 1959. After 54 years of being separated from the ring, Carol was reunited with it.
8. Chilean coins
In 2013, Chilean Mauricio Hernandez was searching a beach in his homeland of Chile. Amongst the sand, Hernandez found a 20-cent piece dating back to 1899. It wasn’t the only coin he found on the beach as six more coins were nearby. Hernandez believes a 2010 tsunami that hit Dichato, Chile may have been responsible for depositing the coins on the beach. His detecting find was a very significant one for Chilean history.
7. 1893 Chilean silver coin
Hernandez isn’t the only person to find ancient Chilean coins while on a search. Bernard Kohler located a silver coin from 1893 near an old goldmine. The detecting find was made near the city of Curacavi. Kohler proudly made the find using a Garrett AT Gold device.
6. An incredible find
In May 2014, Gabino Vasquez took his XP Deus out to a local playground to search. Despite the device’s LCD screen not functioning properly, Vasquez soldiered on using his ear to differentiate between the items his metal detector picked up on. Just as he was ready to leave, Vasquez hit on a target that was very different sounding to everything else he had come in contact with that day. Just a half inch below the surface, Vasquez retrieved a 1991 silver dollar.
5. Metals from Heaven
John L. Mandeville wasn’t expecting to find metals from heaven when he started searching with his Bounty Hunter metal detector, but that is just what he got. Mandeville searched a set of woods behind an old catholic church and before long began picking up beeps. What Mandeville located were old candle holders made of brass. The detecting find located 14 pieces in all.
4. Gold coin
The amount of historical detecting finds made by searchers is incredible and Sam Waters made a significant discovery while hunting for artifacts in Ohio. Waters joined a group of friends on a metal detecting search and it wasn’t long before his metal detector was beeping. Waters immediately started digging and found an 1839 $5 gold coin
3. Pirate loot
Utah native Jeff Salt was on a vacation to Puerto Rico with his wife when he made a major discovery. After searching beaches in Puerto Rico for several days and feeling like he had no success, Salt put away the metal detector and began to sift through his finds. One item caught Salt’s eye due to being unidentifiable. Salt later realized his find was a Spanish 4 Maravedis copper coin. The coin dates back to the 1400s or 1500s. Salt had originally believed the 500-year-old coin to be trash but he was pleasantly surprised it was treasure.
2. A find of a lifetime
Will Freeman joined friends Kevin and Doug on a search of an old 1770s homestead in New England and made the find of a lifetime. Will and his buddies had already found some good relics on the search but nothing was as good as their final discovery. After getting hits on a target at the front of the house, Will started digging and found Spanish 4 reale coins. The men found four more coins along with an 1812 $5 capped gold piece and an 1819 capped bust quarter. Freeman’s historical finds were incredible.
1. Pisco Treasure
History isn’t always recorded accurately and lost treasures can be unfound due to poor record keeping. That is the case for the Pisco Treasure in Peru. Carlos Canle and his team did hours upon hours of research regarding the treasure to discern facts from fiction. After completing research, Canle and his team located the area in which the treasure was originally packed before being sent off on its voyage. There, they found a number of lost items and went on to locate even more coins, jewels, and other artifacts.
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White's Electronics is looking forward to working with Michael, Daniel and the MetalDetector.com team. Their experience in the metal detecting industry is unmatched.
I have enjoyed working with Michael, Daniel and their team at Detector Electroics Corp. They have done a fine job representing the Detector Pro line since it was first introduced in 1996. One of the things I see them do is go the extra mile for their customers. It is always nice to see a family run business endure and we wish them many years of continued success.
We appreciate the partnership from Michael and Daniel at MetalDetector.com. As a family owned business, we choose our partners carefully. We have found that their team has done a fine job of representing our line. With thirty years of success under their belt, we expect that they will be a partner for many years to come.
We at Treasure Products, manufacturer of the Vibra-Probe and Vibra-Tector, want to congratulate Daniel and Michael on the admirable milestone of being in business for over three decades. The dedication and product knowledge that your staff exhibits has been a great benefit to us. We offer our best wishes for your continued success.
I have found that the team at MetalDetector.com has done a fine of job representing the entire JW Fishers line. They have partnered with us in helping to bring our products to both individuals, larger corporate and governmental organizations. Michael and Daniel have established a knowledgeable team that has done the job of getting the correct product in to the hands of each consumer. I wish them continued success as they represent our products in the years to come.
I have been impressed by the professional approach and the experience of Daniel, Michael and the entire team at Detector Electronics Corp. Three decades of superior customer care has been the key to their success and large sales volume.
We have enjoyed working with Michael, Daniel and their esteemed team at Detector Electronics Corp. We feel that they have been the best choice for representing the good reputation of the Makro Detectors in the region. They have been working towards 100% customer satisfaction ever since they started their cooperation with us as our exclusive Distributor in the USA and Canada. We are pleased to see both their business and the sales in their region continue to grow. It is nice to see both our family business and theirs growing together. We see our companies moving forward together for many years to come.
Garrett has a longstanding quality relationship with Detector Electronics Corp since the 1980s. I have seen them grow from a regional dealer to one of the largest internet dealers yet they have maintained that special care for the customer for over three decades. Their team of knowledgeable, helpful and friendly staff and family make their dealership a first choice for the treasure hunter.
MetalDetector.com has been a valuable business partner to Fisher Research Labs for many years. They continue to grow while still offering the best in customer service and after sale support, which is very important to FRL. We wish to congratulate them on 3 decades of business and stellar service to our mutual customers. Having known Michael and Daniel along with their parents for 2 of the 3 decades they have been in business, I have seen their company grow year in and year out without sacrificing what’s important to all of us …customer service before, during and after the sale. Their entire staffs knowledge of our product helps to ensure the customer gets the right detector for their needs regardless of what they might be. We look forward to our future relationship and continued success of MetalDetector.com and their entire staff.
I recently had the pleasure of meeting with the team at MetalDetector.com at their newly expanded facility in Southborough, MA. I have to say that I was impressed with their operation and knowledge of the Teknetics product line. When the Teknetics product line was recently re-launched, MetalDetector.com was one of the first partners we contacted. They have had a long standing relationship with the brand as one of the original Teknetics dealers in the country. We value long standing relationships and are excited to have them as a member of our team.
It's been an honor and privilege working with the fine folks at Detector Electronics for over 25 years. Having a family owned and run business ourselves, we know the "attention to detail" it takes to keep a business running smoothly with an emphasis on customer service. It's no surprise that Sondra and David's fine sons, Michael and Daniel have continued in their parents tradition of being exemplary businesspeople who take the time and care enough to really know their clientele. It's always been a pleasure working with you!
DRS Electronics, GmbH is proud to have Detector Electronics Corp. represent our products. I have known Michael and Daniel for over a decade. Their team is genuine and knowledgeable. They provide exceptional support and service to our customers. They are a recognized leader in the industry. Internationally their business is known for excellent customer support. Their presence is a great confidence for treasure hunters.
MetalDetector.com has been a great business partner for many years and the best choice for representing Makro Detectors in the USA! With the addition of Nokta products to their product portfolio in 2018, we are confident that our businesses will continue to grow together for many years to come!
CEO White's Electronics
Treasure Products, Inc.
XP Metal Detectors
Former Sales & Marketing Manager
Makro Metal Detectors
Garrett Metal Detectors
Director of Hobby Sales
Fisher Research Labs
VP of Sales & Marketing
Steve & Rosemary Anderson
People's Publishing Co., Inc.
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International Sales & Marketing Manager
Nokta & Makro Detectors
Dear Sondra, . in addition to being the first metal detector company I found (after contacting several) which actually seemed to care about my order and which treated me like a valued customer, you also really worked hard from your end to make sure the purchase went through and the detector arrived at its destination on time. By the end I felt I was dealing with a friend rather than a faceless company on the net. Well done!
And, by the way, my 7 year old son Juanito found a nickel yesterday when he took his detector out for the first time! If things keep going this way the detector will have paid for itself within a few short decades! But seriously, he is really enjoying it and hoping to find his long-dreamed-of buried treasure some day.
Ordered 2 Garrett ACE 250's on 09-14-09 at noon… Received 09-15-09 at noon… You folks should be proud that you hold true to all you say, do and promise. It's very refreshing to work with a company that keeps the “old-world” values going, not too many people / companies out there that can even come close to what you provide.
Happy to do business with you,
Remember me? I bought my Tesoro Tiger Shark from you. It came just when you said it would, and works just as you told me it would.
Thanks for your help in sorting through the maze of detectors.
1160 GRAM Meteorite! found 3 " underground. Don't ask where. One of many! As far as being excited I all most had a stroke. Here's a photo of one Meteorite I found on the surface, over 800 grams and a 447 gram one! The one in the middle is my first. The bar magnet has some small Iron meteorites on it.
Dear Detector Electronics,
I received the Tesoro Sand Shark today. and want to thank you. Tried it, love it, looking forward to many enjoyable hours with it. Knowing that it is a "rare" domestically made item gives me double pleasure! Also. doing business with pro's (such as yourselves) was also a pleasure I will tell others about! Forwarded a "glowing review" to you. Thanks again.
Dear Customer Service,
Just wanted to thank all involved in a recent shipment to me that was a gift for my grandkids. I ordered 2 detectors but for some reason only one was shipped. After calling your company you bent over backwards to get the second detector to me on time for giving to my grandchildren. I explained that we exchange gifts a week early so my children and their families can be in their homes Christmas morning since some travel distances are involved. The second detector arrived last Friday in time for our celebration last Saturday. --THANKYOU. I order quite a few things online and have experienced some terrible companies but you are the best.
Best regards and have a wonderful Holiday Season
I have just come in after spending an hour or at my local beach with my son, which is only a 5 minute walk from my home called Deception Bay. This is the first time i have ever used detector. The very first thing it detected in less than a minute was a two dollar coin, boy we were so excited! Not by the amount, but by the fact that on its maiden voyage it detected a coin. We then detected a ten cent piece. We can't wait to take it to a popular beach and I will practice more with the settings.
I would like to thank you for your prompt service. My detector arrived at my door In Brisbane Australia in less than a week. This is the first time I have used any service like this outside of Australia, but with this kind of service and ease of buying and your range of goods this will be the first of many transactions.
I just wanted to say thank you to Scott who made my recent purchase so pleasent! I am enjoying my Tesoro's and have found lots of cool stuff so far. Just waiting for that first gold find! Thanks agian for all the help that was provided in making my decision!
I was amazed at how fast I received my BOUNTY HUNTER. The order arrived in perfect condition, and in only three days after I placed the on line order. The four part series about selecting the right product was also appreciated and helped me to make the right decision for my purchase. You are truly a company that takes care of business and most importantly your customers. It is a pleasure doing business with you and I will gladly recommend you to anyone that wants to buy a metal detector. Thanks for the GREAT SERVICE.
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I am a very happy camper. Yesterday I took my Garrett Ace 250 out for the first time to some local parks. My total find was about 150 coins. The detector works so well and so easily. It only took me about a half an hour before I new what every button did. I am also very salified with the support I got from Dan & Sondra.
PS I plan on buying my next detector from you.
I purchased an Ace 250 from your site for my 7 year old son and now I am hooked! This is our first metal detector and the Ace does every thing it says it will. Thanks for the fast delivery and introducing my son and I to a great new hobby.
Coin shooting in Pensacola, Fl
I got the detector-my husband was thrilled. Thank you so much. You and Daniel have been so helpful. I am a first time buyer and am feeling very lucky to have found your website. Daniel helped me to locate a really great detector and you have been extremely courteous and prompt in seeing my order through. I look forward using my new metal detector. Hope you have a wonderful holiday season. overall my experience ordering off of your website was convenient and customer service was great. Thanks again.
I just want to thank Sondra and the rest of the gang for my Minelab Explorer SE. It was a pleasure doing business with you and I will recommend your fine business to my other detecting buddies.
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Hi Guys, I have just come in after spending an hour or at my local beach with my son, which is only a 5 minute walk from my home called Deception Bay. This is the first time i have ever used detector. The very first thing it detected in . Read full quote »
I just wanted to say thank you to Scott who made my recent purchase so pleasant! I am enjoying my Tesoro's and have found lots of cool stuff so far. Just waiting for that first gold find! Thanks agian for all the help that was provided in . Read full quote »
Nick V., Churchville, PA
Hi Scott, I was amazed at how fast I received my BOUNTY HUNTER. The order arrived in perfect condition, and in only three days after I placed the on line order. The four part series about selecting the right product was also appreciated and . Read full quote »
Duane B., Springville, NY
Dear Customer Service, I am a very happy camper. Yesterday I took my Garrett Ace 250 out for the first time to some local parks. My total find was about 150 coins. The detector works so well and so easily. It only took me about a half an . Read full quote »
Dear Sondra, I purchased an Ace 250 from your site for my 7 year old son and now I am hooked! This is our first metal detector and the Ace does everything it says it will. Thanks for the fast delivery and introducing my son and I to a . Read full quote »
David and Josh
Sondra, I got the detector-my husband was thrilled. Thank you so much. You and Daniel have been so helpful. I am a first time buyer and am feeling very lucky to have found your website. Daniel helped me to locate a really great detector . Read full quote »
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What do these Finds Have in Common?
Apart from their historical significance or value, these finds share a common factor – they were all uncovered by a metal detector. Some may have been multi-frequency or pulse induction models and others were basic, starter detectors.
Another note to pick up is that all the hobbyists were metal detecting legally. They had permits and licenses if they needed it, and they always acquired the landowner’s permission. The right authorities were contacted to examine and value the find.
These are patterns that good detectorists follow and that give our hobby a good reputation. We’re making the news for all the right reasons!
The Mojave Nugget
It’s only fitting that the largest gold nugget ever found in the United States comes first in this list. It’s what we all hope to one day stumble across like lucky Ty Paulson in 1977 in the Mojave Desert in California. The 156-ounce nugget was sold for $400,000 and is now sitting in the Natural History Museum in LA county.
The Boot of Cortez
You hear a tone and you think it’s a beer can.
Golden rule – dig everything. This line of thought paid off for diving detectorist in Florida in 2008. Nope, it wasn’t a beer can but a gold chalice that sold for $413,000 in 2015 at auction. As part of the Santa Margarita shipwreck in 1622 off the Keys, it was a historical find that was added to the lost inventory of the Spanish galleon.
As for finding it, Michael DeMar was diving in 18-foot waters where the two-handled chalice was buried under a foot of sand. It was also his first find.
WW2 Live Mortar Round
That’s right. Some detectorist dug up a live mortar round that was left over, and obviously forgotten about, on old military training grounds in Tennessee. Local authorities were contacted and experts from Fort Campbell were sent out to confirm that it was live and too unstable to be moved long distance.
They moved it to a safe location and detonated it.
The boom was heard for 13 miles around. To ensure that other detectorists wouldn’t dig up any other possible live rounds from WW2, the area was thoroughly hunted before being deemed safe.
The Escrick Ring
The Escrick Ring is named so because it was found near Escrick, England in 2009. It’s somewhat of a mystery as it’s difficult to date. The amazing sapphire gemstone is of significance as it’s a great example of early use of sapphires found in England.
Since its discovery, experts have dated it back to the 5 th century with possibly French roots. It may have even donned the finger of a King.
The Leekfrith Torcs
Going on vacation? It pays to bring your metal detector along, at least, that’s what tourist Morton Leventhal did when on vacation in Israel. With goals of coin shooting near the Jordan River, he came across something of significant value, the amazing bronze statue of the military commander Hadrian. Because it’s made from bronze, its preserved state speaks to the quality of its execution as most surviving statues are made from marble.
With this discovery in the books, three bronze sculptures of the Roman emperor were united in 2015 after 1800 years and are on display in Israel’s Museum. The two others were found in France and England.
The Black Swan Project
The Spanish and their treasure, oh boy. Not only was their wealth coveted back in the day, it was also under controversial claims of ownership upon its discovery, or should we say, recovery. This is a unique case because it’s not the average metal detector that found this wealth, and as far as “permission” to explore, detect, and recover this find, well, it was under investigation for at least five years.
The Odyssey Marine Exploration recovered an estimated $500 million dollars’ worth of gold and silver coins from the ocean floor. It was ruled that it came from the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes which sunk in 1804 near Portugal. Lengthy disputes and filings ensued between the Odyssey and the Spanish Government.
It went all the way to the United States Supreme Court. The ruling? It was returned to its rightful country and is being studied, catalogued, and is on display. It’s a weird but true story.
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