Most Incredible Gold Discoveries EVER. From a discovery of Roman gold that started with the search for a hammer to one of the largest golden nuggets ever found, here are some of the most amazing gold discoveries ever made.
7. Dog Walking Discovery:
You know when you’re out for a walk and you happen upon a 5 dollar bill and feel like it’s your lucky day? Well...one couple in California got to know that feeling very very well. During the California Gold Rush in the 1800s, hundreds of people flocked to California in the hopes of striking it rich while panning and mining for gold. The area was known to be rich in gold and silver but due to an oversaturation of prospectors, the supply was quickly depleted. Robbers and thieves ran rampant, leading many to stash their wealth in unusual places for safe keeping. In 2013, an unidentified California couple were out walking their dog when they noticed an odd container sticking out of the ground. Upon examining the metal canister, they found it to be full of coins. The couple unearthed the can and several others located nearby and brought them to coin expert David McCarthy, who estimated the trove’s value to be around ten million dollars, making it on of the most valuable treasure hordes ever found on American soil. One coin, named the 1866-S No Motto Double Eagle, alone is worth one million dollars. The couple plan to have many of the coins sold to private collectors through a third party broker and are donating the rest temporarily to the American Numismatic Association for a select number of showings.
6. Tank Stash
Fifty five year old Nick Mead owns over 150 military vehicles in Helmdon, Northants. His business, Tanks-A-Lot, allows everyday people the opportunity to drive tanks, armored cars, and other military grade means of transportation. As a collector, Mead regularly purchases new vehicles to restore and add to his collection with the help of his mechanic of choice, Todd Chamberlin. The two expected little more than a hard day’s work when they began restoring Mead’s newest purchase, a Russian T54/69 tank. While pulling back the diesel tank case, the two were shocked to find several twelve pound gold bars. The police confiscated the gold and at this time are holding on to it, as it is believed to have been looted during a campaign in Afghanistan, making its ownership, er, problematic. The two were at least given a receipt and will hopefully have their gold returned soon, though Mead reportedly said it’s alright if he doesn’t receive it back, he’s satisfied with just getting to keep the tank. I’d ask Todd what he thinks about that...
5. Half Angel Coin
Metal detecting has become quite a popular hobby in recent years, bringing the promise of potential wealth at any given moment. In 2017, metal detectorist Michelle Vall was partaking in her usual hobby just outside of Bosworth Field when she got, ding ding ding, a positive hit. After checking out her find, she realized that, incredibly, she had just uncovered one of the rarest coins in the world: a Half Angel Coin. These coins, minted during the brief reign of King Richard III, were almost entirely wiped out after his death during a battle on Bosworth Field. Only a select handful, including Vall’s coin, survived the battle and subsequent remodelling of the kingdom. It is believed that the coin was dropped by a soldier fleeing upon realizing they had little chance of surviving the battle and simply went unnoticed for over five centuries. It is valued at around twenty thousand dollars and has recently sold at auction to a private collector.
4. Nazi Gold
In early 2017, a spokesperson for the Icelandic Environmental Agency told Fox News of a recent discovery made just outside of their shoreline: a sunken ship. Identified as the SS Minden, a German cargo ship sunk early on during World War II, has been at the bottom of the sea for decades, undisturbed right up until now. Divers brave enough to venture inside reported finding a chest, which is believed to contain nazi gold, a highly sought after an enigmatic fossil of the Nazi regime. A salvage vessel, named the Seabed Constructor, has been hired by the Icelandic government to retrieve the SS Minden and hopefully cut a discreet hole into its cargo hold to retrieve the chest. Sources have reported that the ship’s integrity for display is a more important concern so the gold has not been retrieved yet, as the IEA hopes to preserve the ship through a more delicate extraction process.
3. Twelve Pound Nugget
2. Hoxne Hoard
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