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Rare Pennies Worth $85,000

April 30th, 2017 by

1943 copper penny

Image courtesy of PCGS CoinFacts

It has been well established in the public consciousness that the penny is worthless. There has even been movements by those in Congress to get rid of the red cent, but do pennies deserve more of our respect. Apparently, they do (or some of them). According to online numismatic database Cointrackers, there are some rare pennies, such as the 1943 copper wheat penny, with an estimated value of $85,000. What’s more, a few of these coins may still be in circulation. Continue Reading  

Rare Gold Coin Sponsors Building of New Church

April 16th, 2017 by

proof-double-eagleThe church is typically kept strong by the contributions of its people. One patron, though, has taken the practice of paying tithes to new heights. An anonymous woman donated an 1866 proof gold $20 coin to the GracePoint Church of Valparaiso, Indiana. The donation will be used to build a brand new church for the congregation. Continue Reading  

On the Immense Popularity of Sacagawea Dollars in Ecuador

March 25th, 2017 by

© US Mint

© US Mint

There is, in South America, a curious numismatic trend that challenges our assumptions of what is marketable and what is not. See, the one-dollar coin has historically been a hard sell in the United States. Its incarnations, like the Susan B. Anthony dollar or the Sacagawea dollar, spent very little time in circulation before the American public grew tired of these coins.

As far as commercial use, many had assumed the coins dead, but the Sacagawea dollar has experienced a rebirth in Ecuador. Continue Reading  

Divers Find Ancient Shipwreck, Roman Treasure Off Israeli Coast

March 19th, 2017 by

ShipwreckWe all, as children, spent time furnishing our imaginations with the fabled antiquities of lore. Some spend their entire lives searching for these treasures and discover nothing. Others, for whom this history has a less than immediate relevance, make grand archeological finds without planning or effort or want.

Recreational divers Ran Feinstein and Ofer Ra’anan fall into the latter category. Last April, the two friends were leisurely exploring the waters off the Israeli coast when they accidentally discovered a 1,600-year-old shipwreck and its immense cargo. Continue Reading  

Lost Gold Coins of Ancient India Imply Greater Mystery

March 12th, 2017 by

Last year, a bevy of ancient gold coins were discovered in the unassuming Indian village of Jankipuram. News of the discovery sent shockwaves throughout the town of Tonk, in the state of Rajasthan, as well as the larger numismatic community. How, though, did those coins get there? The question has left many numismatic experts scratching their heads and a recent examination of the pieces has only added to the turbulence. Continue Reading  

1,500-Year-Old Jewelry Found Next to Human Rib in Kent

March 4th, 2017 by

gold-jewelry-india-middle-eastBurying the dead with their prized possessions was, in many corners of the world of antiquity, a common funerary practice. So do we as modern treasure seekers still have permission to be creeped out when our newly discovered treasure is accompanied by skeletal remains? One man in Stowting, Kent, located in southeast England, may have to wrestle with this question after stumbling upon a great hoard of ancient jewelry . . . and a human rib. Continue Reading  

Lost Desert Ship Still Holds Public Imagination

February 25th, 2017 by


Colorado Desert

Lapped by Moonlight Canyon, Indian Gorge, and Hellhole Canyon is, as explorer Albert S. Evans described it, “the grim and silent ghost of a dead sea.” California’s Colorado Desert may still cling to remnants of its aquatic past life. Legend has it that the carcass of a once great ship lays beneath its golden sands. Here are the accounts of a few who have made the tale a part of their personal narratives. Continue Reading  

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Zany Coin Heist Solved

February 4th, 2017 by

robbery heistHere is a caper that is perhaps more fit to grace the pages of a movie script than a news site, but it is true nonetheless. Over £33,000 ($41,000) in coins were stolen from a distribution company in the Stoke Gifford village of South Gloucestershire, England. It was not the sum but the method by which it was stolen that makes this crime truly bizarre. Continue Reading  

After Three Years, Excavation of Jersey Hoard Complete

January 22nd, 2017 by

hoardOn Sundays friends Reg Mead and Richard Miles would take to the fields of Grouville, in the Bailiwick of Jersey, an island in the United Kingdom, to search for an ancient Celtic Hoard. The hoard had become the stuff of legend, only coming to the men by way of folktale or dream. For three decades their search turned up nothing. These men, however, did not waiver in their commitment. “There was something there that drew us to it,” said Miles. That “something,” whether intuition or a feeling more akin to premonition, would eventually lead them to the Catillon II hoard. Continue Reading  

Rare Roman Coins Declared Treasure

December 17th, 2016 by

WMID-225242: Probus coin from Barlaston I

The Portable Antiquities Scheme / The Trustees of the British Museum

It has been over a year since an ancient hoard of Roman coins—for purposes of this article referred to as the “Barlaston Hoard”— was unearthed in a Staffordshire village. Discovering the hoard was metal detectorist Stephen Squire, who has since awaited receiving word on the significance of his find. Finally on Tuesday, the coroner’s office declared the hoard treasure. Continue Reading  

Ancient Gold Coins Found in India

December 11th, 2016 by

For several months it has been speculated that right beneath the surface of India’s Malpura city lies a considerable fortune. Gold, the radiance of which breaks through soil like the sun through clouds, just waiting to be picked up by passersby. Despite the influx of treasure-seekers, however, local authorities have consistently and adamantly denied the existence of such treasures. That is, until now.

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Museum Buys Wold Newton Hoard

November 12th, 2016 by

Back in August, Gainesville Coins reported on the discovery of the Wold Newton Hoard near York. Of course, this news electrified the numismatic community, with many a party wishing to lay claim to the treasure, the Yorkshire Museum in particular. Today, after much financial struggle, the 4th-century hoard, the second-largest from that era ever found in the country, has found a home at the museum, and it’s all thanks to private and public donors.

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Tudor Gold Ring Hauls Five Figures

October 22nd, 2016 by

Green Hammerton Ring Portable Antiquities Scheme (UK) [CC BY 2.0]

Green Hammerton Ring
Portable Antiquities Scheme (UK) [CC BY 2.0]

Traversing a field in North Yorkshire, Lee Rossiter’s metal detector made the noise that makes all treasure seekers sweat with anxiety, but when he unearthed a ring, his friend identified it as “costume jewelry,” and suggested he “just throw it away.” Rossiter’s daughter, for whom the metal detector was initially intended, rejected treasure hunting pursuits, and this moment, a moment that far too many treasure hunters are familiar with, seemed to retroactively validate her decision. Or it would have, had the heaviness of the ring not prompted Rossiter to seek out another opinion.

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18-oz Gold Nugget Discovered in California

September 17th, 2016 by


photo © KCRA Channel 3, Sacamento CA

Quick question: How many gold discovery stories can one person hear before staying in one’s seat becomes a physical impossibility and heading on a treasure hunt becomes an inevitability? Academics have yet to find consensus, but one thing is for sure, some of us here at Gainesville Coins are one step closer to donning our prospector’s hats.

The latest news comes from the city of Jamestown in California. Oscar Espinoza, a resident of Modesto, California, was panning in a creek in the Gold Prospecting Adventures mining camp when he discovered a T-bone-steak-shaped gold nugget. It weighed approximately 18 ounces.

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Virtual Treasure Hunt: Heart of Gold Discovery Trail

September 10th, 2016 by

gold-in-flask-wikimediaWhat do film classics like the Indiana Jones series and modern games like the Uncharted series have in common? Well, they stir within us an often dormant but never extinguished curiosity of the world and the treasures that may be availed to us if we only we check “Yes” for adventure. In recognition of this, Australia’s Gold Industry Group has created a downloadable app that will allow users to go on a virtual treasure hunt. Continue Reading