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The Saddle Ridge Hoard is the largest known discovery of buried gold coins in the USA
The Saddle Ridge Hoard is the name given to identify a treasure trove of 1,427 gold coins unearthed in the Gold Country of the Sierra Nevada, California in 2013. The face value of the coins totalled $27,980, but was assessed to be worth $10 million. In total, the hoard contains $27,460 in twenty-dollar coins, $500 in ten-dollar coins, and $20 in five-dollar coins, all dating from 1847 to 1894. The collection is the largest known discovery of buried gold coins that has ever been recovered in the US.

1,300 Lbs Roman Coins Found in Spain
Construction workers have found 1,300 pounds of ancient Roman coins while carrying out routine work on water pipes in southern Spain. `It is a unique collection and there are very few similar cases,` Ana Navarro, head of Seville`s Archeology Museum. Dating back to the late third and early fourth centuries, the bronze coins were found Wednesday inside 19 Roman amphoras.

Sanford treasure hunters find $1M in gold near site of Spanish Armada
More than $1 million in gold that has sat on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean for almost 300 years has finally resurfaced, thanks to a team of Florida treasure hunters. The Schmitt family discovered the treasure off the Florida Coast in the wreck of the Capitana, the flagship of a Spanish treasure fleet. The riches include 51 coins of various denominations, 12 meters of ornate gold chain. The `Tricentennial Royal` coin was made only for presentation purposes and did not circulate as currency in those times. Brisben says the artifacts date from a 1715 maritime tragedy in which 11 Spain-bound galleons laden with treasures from the New World were lost during a hurricane. The artifacts were discovered in shallow waters about 15 feet deep off Fort Pierce, approximately 30 miles north of West Palm Beach.

I dug up £100,000 worth of Roman gold coins the first time I tried metal detecting
Wesley Carrington was using the most basic metal detector when 20 minutes into his first foray he found 55 gold solidus dating back more than 1,600 years. He had begun his search in woodlands near St Albans, Herts, after watching video clips on metal detecting on YouTube. Carrington said "I just thought I would give it a go. I would say after about 20 minutes it beeped. I found a coin that was gold-coloured, with a Roman figure on it." The value of the hoard, believed to be more than £100,000, will then be split between Carrington and the landowner.

Two metal detector enthusiast locate huge cache of Iron Age coins after 30-year search
Two metal detector enthusiasts from Jersey uncovered what could be Europe's largest hoard of Iron Age coins - after a search spanning 30 years. Reg Mead and Richard Miles began their hunt after a woman told them her father had found coins in a field some years before. But the woman could only give the pair a rough location for the discovery. And to complicate things further, the field's owner would only allow them to look for a short time each year after the crop was harvested. However, their perseverance has paid off after they found the huge stash of Roman and Celtic coins, which could be worth £10m.

30,000 Roman coins found near Roman Baths in Bath
More than 30,000 Roman coins were found by archaeologists working in Bath in 2007, it has been made public. The silver coins date from 270AD and have been described as the fifth largest UK hoard ever found. The size of the find is not as large as the Frome Hoard in April 2010 when more than 53,500 coins were discovered by metal detectorist Dave Crisp near Frome in Somerset.

Viking silver coin hoard found in Furness, England, declared treasure
A Viking hoard of silver coins and artefacts uncovered in the Cumbrian countryside has been formally declared treasure. A metal detectorist discovered the 92 silver coins and artefacts at an undisclosed site in Furness. South and East Cumbria Coroner Ian Smith ruled the collection is treasure. The collection, which also includes ingots and a silver bracelet, was valued at tens of thousands of pounds.

75-years-old metal-detecting enthusiast finds hoard of 3,600 coins in field near York
Metal detecting is not about your age: Some time ago 3-year-old James Hyatt discovered a gold pendant worth £2.5million, and now 75-year-old Marjorie Dandy's metal detector unearthed a hoard of 3,600 coins from the third century in a field near York in UK. "[After founding a few coins] I thought: it must be a hoard. I was very excited. You could hear my heart beat half a mile away. Everybody dreams of something like that."

Treasure hunter earns £500,000 after his metal detector reveals 52,000 Roman coins
A treasure hunter will have a £500,000 payday after locating Britain's largest collection of Roman coins. Dave Crisp, 63, found the hoard of 52,000 coins, which date from the third century, buried in a field near Frome, Somerset. Crisp had spent 22 years pursuing his hobby, touring fields with his metal detector before hitting the jackpot in April 2010. "The significant thing for me is that I am the person who has made the biggest discovery of Roman coins ever found in Britain. I will keep working until I retire next year and will definitely continue with my hobby."

10,000 Roman coins unearthed by metal detector enthusiast - on his first treasure hunt
A huge haul of over 10,000 Roman coins has been discovered by an amateur metal detecting enthusiast - on his first treasure hunt. The silver and bronze 'nummi' coins, dating 240AD-320AD, were discovered in a field near Shrewsbury, in Shropshire. Nick Davies was on his first treasure hunt when he discovered the coins, mostly inside a buried 70lb clay pot. The stunning collection of coins was uncovered by Nick only a month after he took up the hobby of metal detecting. He said he never expected to find anything on his first treasure hunt - especially anything of any value - depicting the discovery as "fantastically exciting".

Father and son metal-detector team spot 1 million pound Viking hoard
The "largest and most important" Viking hoard found in UK since 1840 could shed new light on the historical period - and it will go on display in London and in York after preservation work. The treasure, most likely buried by a wealthy Viking in Northumbria after the Anglo-Saxons had invaded the region, is valued at 1,082,000 pounds. The hoard includes a silver cup worth 200,000 pounds, as well as 617 coins and various silver fragments, ingots and rings. David Whelan, and his son Andrew, discovered the buried treasure with their metal detectors after reluctantly covering a field as a "last resort" because they had only ever discovered buttons there.

Detectorist Keith Bennett found one of the largest hoards of Roman coins ever discovered in Britain
One of the biggest hoards of Roman coins ever discovered in Britain has been declared 'treasure.' Amateur metal detecting enthusiast Keith Bennett discovered 1,141 Roman denarii (silver coins), in a field. The coins, in a clay urn and buried 4 feet underground, date from 206BC-195BC. Bennett found the hoard in a field in Stratford-upon-Avon. Landowner Peter Turner said: "Keith had been metal detecting and suddenly stopped because he saw a large number of objects flash up on his screen. After digging down around 4 feet he saw the top of a large pot had been smashed and hundreds of silver coins were inside."

Treasure hunters fall out over who deserves 500,000 pounds reward for Boadicea's gold
It was a treasure hunter's dream: a hoard of 800 gold coins dating back to the time of Boadicea. But the find has brought only bitterness for metal detecting enthusiast Michael Darke and his former friend Keith Lewis. Darke was alone when he found the first few coins in a Suffolk field and feels he is entitled to the lion's share. However Lewis, who helped him dig up the bulk of the hoard, thinks he deserves 50%. Within an hour of arriving, the pair had discovered an Iron Age cooking pot holding 773 gold coins - the largest such cache found in Britain since 1849. Yet more were found later. The pair face a legal battle over how to split a reward.

Metal-detecting group digs up Roman treasure a hoard of Roman silver coins
Metal-detecting hobbyists could soon be cashing it in after locating a hoard of silver Roman coins dating back 1,500 years. Three members of Bridlington Quay Detecting Society located 75 silver coins and 10 bronze coins, dating back to the year 355AD, on farmland near Filey. One estimate puts the value of nearly pure silver coins at up to 150 pounds each, with the value of bronze coins up to 5 pounds each.

Metal detector hobbyist finds rare penny worth 2,000 pounds
After years of searching, the penny finally dropped for a metal detectorist when he discovered a coin worth 2000 pounds. Clive Nobbs stumbled upon the 1200-year-old penny -- rare silver penny of Queen Cynethryth -- in the middle of a 20-acre ploughed field. "This is easily the most important thing I've ever found. It didn't look like much when I found it. It was about 4-5 inches down and black with age but it turns out to be incredibly rare," explained the amateur archaeologist and historian.

824 gold coins dated from 40BC to AD15 unearthed in Suffolk, Britain
For 2,000 years this fortune - the largest hoard of Iron Age gold coins unearthed in Britain since 1849 - lay in the ground where it had been left as a gift to the gods. The 824 gold coins were minted by the Iceni tribe, made famous by the warrior queen Boadicea. They have been dated to 40BC-15AD and are worth 250,000 pounds - likely to be split between the metal detector enthusiast who found the coins and the owner of the land. The Iceni made offerings to the gods by leaving valuable goods in rivers or sacred groves. The Iron Age coins (stored in a pottery jar) were found from a field near Wickham Market, Suffolk.

Hobbyist discovers 39 gold and 70 silver coins in cornfield with metal detector
A man with a metal detector found gold and silver when he hit a collection of antique Celtic coins in a cornfield in Maastricht, Netherlands. "It's exciting, like a little boy's dream," Paul Curfs said. Archaeologists say that the find of 39 gold and 70 silver coins was first minted around the first century B.C. when Julius Caesar led a crusade against Celtic tribes in the area. Curfs, who searches the fields as a hobby, said he was just walking with the metal detector in the spring when he got a loud signal on his earphones... After putting a picture of the coin on a forum, someone said that it was an incredibly extraordinary find.

Amateur treasure hunter finds 16 silver pennies using a metal detector
A hoard of medieval silver coins dating from the 13th century has been discovered buried in ground at Wellow. The 16 silver pennies were found by an amateur treasure-hunter, using a metal detector, and are being analysed by experts at the British Museum. They have been judged treasure-trove, and are in the process of being acquired by the Roman Baths Museum. The coins' face falue was 12-and-a-half old pennies each, and the modern equivalent would be between £10 and £20 each. The precise location of the find is not being revealed.

Buried treasure of 6,000 Roman coins discovered by a metal detector enthusiast
Almost 6,000 copper alloy coins were discovered buried in a field at Sully, Vale of Glamorgan in Wales, by a metal detector hobbyist. A reward will be paid to the finder and landowner. Two separate hoards were found by the metal detectorist on successive days, one involving 2,366 coins and the other 3,547 coins - Only 3m away. The 1,700-year-old coins dated from the reigns of numerous emperors, in particular Constantine I (the Great, AD 307-37). Derek Eveleigh, who discovered the treasure in a field of sheep, said: "I had a signal first and when it was deep I thought I better dig it..." Coin specialist Edward Besly called it an "exceptional find".

9-year-old boy finds buried treasure of 7,000 silver coins
9-year-old Alexander Granhof and his grandfather Jens have made the largest ever find in southern Sweden of silver coins from the Middle Ages. Alexander and his granddad were out exploring the site of the Battle of Lund (1676) when the boy came about some silver coins coated in verdigris. The buried treasure had probably come to the surface when the field in which they were was ploughed. A day later, archaeologists from the National Heritage Board arrived at the site with metal detectors and found two clay vessels containing over 7,000 silver coins (including rare coins from parts of Germany and the Netherlands) dating from around 1300 AD.