Lost gold coins can turn up in the strangest of places. They've been found by passers-by lying in a farmers field and even like the gold coin in the picture, buried in the foundation of an old house in Avalon County, Newfoundland, Canada.
The old house was part of a colony established in 1621 by british Lord Baltimore. Perhaps he planted this coin in the foundation as a sort of time capsule. It is hard to know, all we do know is that Jim Tuck, a Canadian archaeologist working at the site, was able to retrieve the unusual gold coin.
Lord Baltimore eventually had to give up the Newfoundland colony because of frequent french raids and bitter winters that lasted from October to May. He moved south to Maryland in the United States where the city of Baltimore is named after the family.
The coin Mr. Tuck found was a "Sword and Sceptre" gold coin made in Scotland during the reign of king James I in 1601. Even back then, the coin must have been worth a fortune. How it got lost in a buildings foundation is anybodys guess.
We often hear about old gold coins being discovered in europe and the united kingdom. The discovery of this coin does show how there is value in searching for lost gold in North America.
Lost Gold Coins from India
Another interesting story from October 2008 involves some construction workers in the city of Pune, India. They were working on the excavation of a new swimming pool when one of their excavators dug in and hit something metal.
One of the workers moved in to check what the obstruction was and found a metal container full to the brim with old gold coins. Amazed at the find, the workers concealed the coins and took them to a local goldsmith with the intention of cashing in on their amazing find.
Unfortunately for the workers the coins they had found were antiquities that were protected by Indian law and someone got wind of what they had found and reported them to the police. The men, and the goldsmith all ended up being arrested. India is one of many countries that have strict rules about how treasure finds have to be reported to the authorities. Especially when the find is of national importance
The gold coins were certainly important in local Indian history. The coins were found in the vicinity of the relics of the historical Shanwarwada, the palace of Peshwa rulers of the 18th century. There were 847 gold coins in all, weighing over three kg. All were embossed with words in Persian dating back to 1551-1592, police said. Nothing was mentioned in the original Hindu Times article, about what ultimately would happen to the coins.
Celtic gold coins found in Holland
A college professor and his metal detector has discovered an amazing hoard of lost gold coins in a farmers field near Maastricht, a city in the southern part of holland. The find is unique because the coins are believed to belong to a to belong to tribes that were fighting the romans, as the romans tried to occupy their land in 53 B.C.
"It's exciting, like a little boy's dream," Paul Curfs, 47, said Thursday after the amazing discovery was publicly announced . Curfs, who does metal detection for a hobby, said he was walking through a farmers field, with his metal detector left on and thinking that it was time to head home. Suddenly the detector started to squeal and he quickly located the object that had set it off, a two thousand year old lost gold coin.
The coin was obviously golden and there was an impression of a small horse on one side. Because he was unsure about what he had found he turned to online treasure hunting forms to see if any experts could identify the coin. When the experts told him he had a gold coin minted by long lost Celtic tribes, he lost no time returning to the spot the next day. Sure enough he was able to find another coin.
The next coin was totally different from the first. This coin was silver and saucer shaped. Being a professor, Paul Kurfs know he needed help if he was to find more coins and so revealed his find to the local university. The university sent a team of experts and an archeologist over to head up a dig to find any more coins. Nico Roymans, the archeologist heading up the team, believes the coins belonged to the Eburones tribe who were at war with Caesars roman soldiers in 53 B.C. The Eburones had managed to inflict serious losses on the Roman legions, killing as many as 6000 soldiers.
The lost gold coins were extremely important to the local history of the area. The silver coins turned out to have been made by another Celtic tribe, this offers evidence that the tribes collaborated to defeat the Romans. In total, $230,000 of coins were discovered but the value is far more to the city of Maastricht. Paul Kurfs ended up being able to keep the eleven coins he personally discovered. He decided to allow the City of Maastricht to put them on display for the public for as long as they wished.