Seven random finds that were worth a fortune
In the town of Windber, Pennsylvania, there was an abandoned house where no one had lived for over 20 years. While playing there, local children found a few coins against the wall. They told the parents who started their search. Hundreds of coins worth 8.5 thousand zlotys were walled up in the wall. dollars, but among them were rare copies from 1793 – 1857, which were sold for 200 thousand. hole.
In Ballarat, Australia, a local farmer walked around his farm with a metal detector. He found several small pieces of gold, and under them a large lump, weighing 5.5 kg, worth 315 thousand. hole.
A man from Pennsylvania bought a picture at a garage sale for $ 4. When he wanted to replace the frame with a new one, he found one of the 25 official copies of the Declaration of Independence made in 1776 under the picture. The document was auctioned for $ 2.4 million.
While clearing the field, an Australian found opal at the bottom of a bucket of stones. He left it for himself as a souvenir. After 14 years, he showed the stone to gemologists. It turned out to be a rare specimen of black opal. The stone was called Royal One, and its auction price was $ 3.4 million.
British farmer Peter Whatling could not find his hammer in the field. He asked a friend of Eric Lawes for help in the search with a metal detector. Within minutes, Lawes found a large silver coin. Below it was a wooden box filled with coins and gems. Archaeologists named this discovery Hoxne Howard, and its value was estimated at $ 15 million. The find went to the British Museum, and the finder received $ 2.3 million, and gave half to a friend. The hammer has never been found.
In 2009, a Cleveland builder (Bob Kitts) was renovating the house of an old school friend (Amanda Reece). He was dismantling the tiles in the bathroom when he found two metal coffers filled with money envelopes. They contained 182 thousand. hole.
Unfortunately, the couple quarreled over the distribution of the money and the case went to court. He divided the money into two equal parts.
Terry Herbert, an amateur archaeologist, once asked a friend to search his field with a metal snake. In this way, 4 thousand. artifacts with a total weight of 4.5 kg. Archaeologists have concluded that the treasure belonged to British nobles from the 12th century and was probably buried in the ground as an offering to the gods. The treasury was valued at $ 5.3 million.
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