During an annual detectorists event, a treasure hunter hit the jackpot as he made a once in a lifetime discovery. The amateur historian was sweeping the area using a metal detector in a farmland on Bridport, England when he discovered a bunch of rare silver coins from the Roman era with a value estimated at £200,000 or roughly PHP 13 million.
After extensive research and inspection of the coins, experts concluded that some of the coins can be traced back during the era of Roman general Mark Antony, which is more or less 2000 years ago. According to a report in the Daily Mail, each coin could be sold in the market for as much as £900 or PHP 60,000.
Luck played on his side that fateful day when Mike Smale, a 35-year old fisherman from Plymouth, Devon unearthed the 2000-year old Roman coins. Treasure-hunting was a favorite past time of Smale, so he did not want to miss the chance to hunt with his friends from the Southern Detectorists club.
However, the exact location of the farmland where the treasure was found was undisclosed for privacy. In an interview with Daily Mail, the delighted treasure hunter shared his emotions when he unearthed the rare coins.
“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.”
Upon inspecting the photograph of the said coins, an expert explained that some of the coins were carved with Roman gods. Because of the size of the find, experts believed that this is truly a once-in-a-lifetime find. Event organizer Sean MacDonald expressed his awe over the discovery:
‘I personally think a find of this size and variety will never be found again.’
Meanwhile, the coins will be further examined for their value and will most likely be sold to a museum. The profits from the coins will be split equally between the treasure hunter and the farmer who owns the land he discovered it in. In an interview, Smale revealed his plan of sharing his fortune with some of his friends.
“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.”
For more details on this extraordinary find, check out this Youtube video below.
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