Dariusz Fijalkowski , Mateusz Nowak, Andrew Winter, Tobiasz Nowak. Four amateur metal detectorists have discovered a treasure of 14th-century coins in a field in Hambleden, Buckinghamshire, worth an estimated £150,000. (Credit: SWNS)
A group of amateur treasure hunters in England found a treasure of gold and silver coins from the 14th century, which can be worth nearly $200,000, according to experts.
The 38-year-old Andrew Winter and three of his friends took the coins, more than 550 in total, in Buckinghamshire, including 12 “orantely decorated” silver Edward I and II coins, reports SWNS.
“It felt unreal,” a 30-year-old Mateusz Nowak, a hospital employee in the country, said in a commentary that is obtained by SWNS. “After finding the treasure, and then clear the area, we had to extend the search two times more, because we were finding so much.”
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“It was a miracle, moment after moment for everyone,” Nowak added.
A total of 557 coins were unearthed, including a 12 “ultra-rare full gold nobles from the time of the Black Death.” The party will be kept safely in a museum and then evaluated independently before it is sold and with the proceeds being split with the landowner.
The silver coins are believed to originate from the reign of both Edward I and Edward II, from 1272 to 1327. The gold coins are thought to be of Edward III’s reign, which lasted until 1377.
Most of the coins are worth between $25 and $65 (£20 and £50), but some of the rarer ones, including the full gold nobles, can be very valuable, about $ 13,000 (£10,000), according to experts.
One of the gold coins. The four hunters gold found in a field in Buckinghamshire and were initially delighted to find 12 ornate silver Edward I and II coins. Over four days they will be excavated 557 coins – includes 12 ultra-rare full gold nobles from the time of the Black Death. (Credit: SWNS)
Winter said the rare coins “seem like they come straight from the cabinet,” adding that some of them have markings on them, including “as small birds or churches – I have never seen before.”
Although it is not clear how the coins came from the group has her suspicions, including hidden as a protection by a rich person for more than 600 years ago. “It is my opinion that someone has hidden that money,” Mateusz said.
The treasure is believed to be the largest gold find in almost 10 years, and the largest find of silver coins in 12 years.
Winter added that she found using his metal detector machine, which transmitted a code she had found something, so the group began to dig. Initially, they found two silver coins, and as they continued to dig, more coins have surfaced.
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Some of the silver coins. The men used to dig shotgun shells and thimbles estimates – were astonished to find coin after coin of the hidden ancient treasure. (Credit: SWNS)
Tobiasz Nowak, Matiusz’ brother, said he never thought the group would get so happy. “It was the best weekend of my life,” he said. “I will remember my whole life.”
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