The Interesting Engineering site rercently published an article on "10 of the Most Valuable Treasure Troves Ever Found" by amateurs wielding metal detectors. Many of
these hoards include or consist entirely of coins. -Editor
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
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.
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.
6. Sroda Treasure - 1885 - 1888 | Value: $120 Million On June 8, 1885, workers were demolishing an old building in the Polish town of Sroda Slaska 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.
To read the complete article, see:
10 of the Most Valuable Treasure Troves Ever Found
Wayne Homren, Editor
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