A group of amateur metal detectorists may be able to shake the “amateur” part of that title, after uncovering 557 gold and silver coins dating back to the 14th century.
A group of amateur treasure hunters in England found a hoard of gold and silver coins from the 14th-century that could be worth nearly $200,000 according to experts.
38-year-old Andrew Winter and three of his friends found the coins, more than 550 in total, in Buckinghamshire, including 12 “orantely decorated” silver Edward I and II coins, SWNS reports.
“It felt unreal,” 30-year-old Mateusz Nowak, a hospital worker in the country, said in comments obtained by SWNS. “After finding the hoard, and then clearing the area, we had to extend the search twice more because we were finding so much.”
“It was a miracle moment after moment for everyone,” Nowak added.
In total, 557 coins were excavated, including 12 “ultra-rare full gold nobles from the time of the Black Death.” The lot will be held safe at a museum and then independently evaluated before it is sold, with the proceeds being split with the landowner.