A hoard of ten gold coins discovered in Kent in 2016 is finally on display at a nearby museum. Although the coins themselves are small, the historic nature of the find is immense.
The numismatic community is abuzz with the news of one of the rarest gold coin discoveries in American history.
It’s been a rather busy week of international precious metals news, so we’ve decided to round up a handful of the best stories for everyone to check out. Be forewarned: At least one of these stories is somewhat graphic!
[This article also appears on CoinWeek.] For reasons of historical economic privation by its powerful southern neighbors in Great Britain, Ireland does not have a reputation for yielding very much buried treasure. You’re simply far less likely to find old gold or silver coins in Ireland and Northern Ireland than on the British mainland. This […]
One of the more astounding hoards of Gold Sovereigns found in recent memory may be getting a new home.
In Great Britain, it is an altogether regular occurrence that an enterprising metal detectorist strikes it big by finding some rare artifact. Last November, a man named Richard Patterson, a member of the Hampshire Detector Club, found an exceptionally rare silver coin that tells an incredible story in the history of Roman Britain.
It’s astonishing how many treasure finds have been discovered in the U.K. in the vicinity of the English county of Devon (Devonshire) alone. This one community, located in the southwest corner of England, has seen an unbelievable number of treasure discovered in just the past several years.
It’s an unfortunate reality that the ancient coin market is frequently plagued by unethical or outright illegal behavior. The incentives for fraud are strong because of high coin values and difficulty in tracking relics that were produced many centuries, even millennia, ago. In one case of triumph, a rare silver denarius coin from the Roman […]
It can come as quite a shock that some rare coins sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars—or more. Believe it or not, this is fairly common on the high end of the numismatic market.
The discovery of an ancient coin hoard is among the most exciting encounters an archaeologist can hope for. More often than not, hidden caches of ancient coins come from the Roman Empire. This makes sense given the sprawling territorial reach of the Ancient Romans. However, those of us in the West sometimes overlook the rich […]
As strange as it may sound, artifacts from our distant past often challenge or completely overturn our understanding of the present. One such discovery in France has the potential to reshape our preconceptions about numismatic history.
Human beings have long domesticated and interacted with pigeons. They are actually genetically indistinguishable from doves. Although feral pigeons are sometimes dismissed as “rats with wings” by city dwellers, a treasure discovery in England shows that these birds can be both a nuisance and a blessing.
If you’ve had the privilege of owning a rare coin, the chances are good that the coin had an interesting ownership history. Tracing the chain of custody of a particular collectible coin is one of the pillars of the numismatic hobby.
Sometimes estate sales and liquidation sales by retirees can uncover fascinating cases of multi-generational coin collecting. From a numismatic perspective, this is especially interesting because it makes tracing the provenance—or “paper trail”—of the coins much easier. Provenance is important for authenticating particularly valuable antiques and collectibles. Knowing this backstory and chain of ownership adds to […]
On nearly a monthly basis, a metal detectorist or group of adventurous people with metal detectors somewhere in Great Britain uncovers a buried artifact that classifies as treasure under U.K. law. Any item containing at least 10% gold and dating more than 300 years old qualifies for the “treasure” designation, entitling the finder and land […]
S.S. Central America, an American steamer, sank in the Atlantic in 1857 carrying a significant quantity of gold bullion. Its original haul is estimated at more than a metric ton, and was perhaps as much as 20 tons, including thousands of what are now scarce $20 double eagle coins. Although the first coins and treasure from […]
In 2012, a pair of metal detectorists discovered what is considered the most immense hoard of ancient coins ever found. The site of the find was Grouville, located on the British island of Jersey.
Much of Europe’s earliest recorded history tends to begin with the conquest of the Roman Empire. Of course, archaeologists and historians know that a number of cultures were active on the continent during the Bronze Age. Nonetheless, the progress for civilization brought about by the expansion of Ancient Rome is so transformative that its total […]
This year, there’s been a great deal of construction and infrastructure improvement in the Russian capital of Moscow. Amid the building projects and renovations, a surprising side-effect has emerged on more than one occasion: Rare old coins are being recovered from the construction sites!
The silver denarius (plural: denarii) was one of the standards of Roman coinage during antiquity. These silver coins circulated around the empire for centuries, and are often one of the surest signs (as artifacts) of the presence of a marketplace during the time of Ancient Rome. In the small southern English town of Bridport, a […]