By Greg Tuttle
The silver Spanish coin that Harold Holden found while diving off the Florida coast had been missing for nearly 300 years.
Now it's missing again, and his family would like it returned.
Holden, a Florida construction supervisor whose hobby was diving for treasure, died Jan. 10 in a Red Lodge nursing home at age 88.
When his sister, Evelyn Grovenstien, of Billings, went the next day to collect his belongings, the silver coin Holden wore daily on a chain around his neck was gone.
"He wore it all the time," Grovenstien said. "I don't think he hardly ever took it off."
By Sedem Ama
UK - A man walking his dog on a beach found a stone believed to be valuable sperm whale vomit, or ambergris, this week.He has been told it could be worth anything from £40,000 to £100,000 because it is such a vital and rare perfume ingredient. But Ken Wilman's find (more below) is only the latest of unusual and highly valuable discoveries made by walkers.
We have compiled five of the most surprising "treasure in disguise" finds.
1. 1992 – Hoxne Hoard
Although it is typical for findings to consist of gold artifacts, the circumstances in which the Hoxne Hoard was acquired were very unlikely. Found in Suffolk, the Hoxne Hoard was discovered when two men went in search of a lost hammer.
Eric Lawes immediately reported the discovery in November 1992 and after a full excavation over 15,000 gold and silver Roman coins were identified, accompanied with gold jewelry and various small items of silver tableware. It is thought were buried in the fifth century AD.
Mr. Lawes received a finder's fee of £1.75m, which was shared equally with his friend who was with him when the hoard was found. It is said that this is the largest payment ever granted to a treasure hunter.
2. 2001- The Ringlemere cup
A rare gold chalice was found by metal detector hobbyist Cliff Bradshaw in a field near Ringlemere, East Kent. Later identified as the Ringlemere cup, it is a product of immaculate craftsmanship from the Bronze Age, dating from 1700-1500 BC.
"That is how most items are found, by chance, by a chap going around," Mr. Bradshaw told the BBC.
Upon finding the chalice, Mr Bradshaw found that it had already been significantly damaged.
"I didn't do any more searching or digging - I would have been destroying the context," he said.
Even though the cup was discovered in a crumpled condition, it was eventually purchased by the British Museum for £250,000, which was divided by Mr. Bradshaw and the landowner.
Tampa, FL - January 23, 2013 - Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (NasdaqCM: OMEX), pioneers in the field of deep-ocean exploration, will be featured on Discovery Channel’s SILVER RUSH, a series premiering on February 12 at 10 PM ET.
Film crews for the Discovery Channel series were onboard Odyssey’s ships during 2012 operations and captured the record-breaking recovery of 48 tons of silver bullion from the Gairsoppa site. JWM Productions, the company that produced Discovery Channel’s TREASURE QUEST also featuring Odyssey, produced the three-part series that showcases Odyssey’s work on the Gairsoppa, Mantola andVictory during 2012.
“Part of our mission is to share the excitement of what we do with the general public. 2012 was a special year for our team as we set out to conduct recovery operations on a shipwreck that was over three miles deep – deeper than theTitanic and something that had never been accomplished before,” said Mark Gordon, Odyssey President and COO. “Our team successfully accomplished the record-breaking recovery of 48 tons of silver bullion - the heaviest and deepest recovery of precious metals in history.”
“Seeking and discovering shipwrecks is fascinating and challenging so to witness the trials and triumphs of the crew hundreds of miles off shore makes gripping television. SILVER RUSH will give viewers a first-hand look at the planning, precise maneuvering of advanced robotics three miles deep, and the ingenuity of the team,” said JWM President Jason Williams. “Finding the shipwreck was a sensational news story, but the story of this team’s ‘never give up’ attitude to carry out the operation that took place this year is what I think will really captivate the audience.”
By Laurel J. Sweet / Boston Herald
Treasure hunter Martin Bayerle’s quest to recover billions in gold and silver he believes went down with a sister ship of the Titanic 50 miles off Nantucket more than a century ago has run aground with a judge’s scuttling of his lawsuit against a maritime historian he believes holds blueprints to the ship crucial to his mission.
Bayerle located the White Star luxury liner RMS Republic in her watery 270-foot grave in 1981 and was awarded the exclusive salvage rights to the wreck in 2005 by now retired U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Gertner. The court last year ordered Thomas McCluskie of Northern Ireland to turn over the Republic’s plans, detailing every deck and compartment. Until he suffered a stroke in 1997, McCluskie was an archivist for Harland and Wolff, which built the Republic, as well as the Titanic. When McCluskie didn’t submit the papers, Bayerle sued.
McCluskie asserted in an affidavit last year, “I have absolutely no knowledge of the whereabouts or indeed the continued existence of the general arrangement drawings for the RMS Republic,” adding he believes they “were destroyed several years ago.”
Last Thursday, on the 104th anniversary of the Republic’s Jan. 24, 1909, sinking in a collision with the Italian liner SS Florida, Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton dismissed Bayerle’s suit, stating “it would be extremely difficult and costly” for McCluskie, in ill health, to travel here to defend himself.
McCluskie’s attorney, Edward J. McDonough Jr., declined comment. Bayerle’s lawyer did not respond to requests for comment.
Courtesy Boston Herald
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Larry Dobbs uses a metal detector Thursday as he looks for lost items at Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City. Area lakes are very low because of the recent drought.
On a crisp, sunny day on the west side of Lake Hefner, Larry Dobbs walks on what once was water.
His metal detector makes a long beep followed by several short beeps. He's found something under the soft soil. With a trowel he digs up a 2-ounce lead fishing sinker.
Nearby, Dan Pierce is slowly swinging his metal detector back and forth.
“I've got money,” Pierce said. He digs up a copper penny. It's the start of this day's hunt.
Treasure hunters in Oklahoma have found more ground to cover because of extended drought. On dry lakeshores, where the water used to be, metal detectors are finding collectible items.
PENNSYLVANIA - A failed effort to ban the use of metal detectors could spur guidelines for this hobby in Carlisle.
Borough Council on Jan. 10 voted unanimously against a motion to have the borough solicitor draft and advertise an ordinance to prohibit the use of metal detectors in the borough’s parks.
“Why are we doing this? I feel this is a solution to a problem we don’t have,” Council Member Matt Madden said before the vote.
Borough Manager Matt Candland said that since staff could see liabilities associated with metal detectors, they thought it best to ban in.
Jeff Farr, of Mount Holly Springs, said he had sparked a debate over metal detectors in the first place.
He said he had called the borough expecting to be told to get a permit, as state parks require, or that only certain parks were open to metal detecting.
“I’ve seen people doing it here. I was just trying to follow the rules,” he said.
Council Member Tim Scott said he hoped staff would work with Fair and the Parks and Recreation Committee to draft guidelines.
Robin Guido, chairman of the borough’s parks and recreation committee, made the motion.
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Ballarat gold dealer Cordell Kent with the 5.5kg gold nugget. Picture: David Caird Source: Herald Sun
By Jessica Evans
BALLARAT, AUSTRALIA - The "incredibly rare" nugget was found 60cm underground by a prospector, who wishes to remain anonymous, on Wednesday.
Ballarat Mining Exchange Gold Shop owner and dealer Cordell Kent said the prospector heard a faint noise on his detector and removed a dense pile of leaf mulch before he started digging.
"He thought he had detected the bonnet of a car when he saw a glint of gold," Mr Kent said.
"He cleaned the top of it and the gold kept expanding and expanding ... he saw more and more gold ... he couldn’t believe what he was seeing."
By Perry Diaz (California)
THE PHILIPPINES - The Hunt for the fabled “Marcos Loot” is beginning to look like an Indiana Jones sequel. The only difference is that this one is for real with real life characters, tons of real gold bullions, and a 2,000-pound solid gold Buddha filled with real diamonds, emeralds, and other precious stones that would make the Queen of England look like a pauper.
And after three decades of hunting for the Marcos Loot that began the day the late President Cory Aquino kicked the Marcoses out of power, the hunt is finally coming to an end during the presidency of her only son, Benigno Aquino III. Not that the Marcos Loot has been recovered but that the government had seemingly lost the will to continue the hunt.
Terry Herbert from Burntwood, Staffordshire, with some of the pieces which made up an Anglo-Saxon hoard. Photo: PA
By Andrew Hough
UK - More than 80 Anglo-Saxon gold and silver items found buried in a field near Lichfield were ruled to be part of a collection dubbed the Staffordshire Hoard.
After they were yesterday declared a treasure trove, experts from British Museum's valuation committee were instructed to assess their worth.
Staffordshire County Council and neighboring councils will also attempt to raise the money to buy the new items, which date to the 7th century, for the nation.
The haul will likely to end up in museums with the original Staffordshire Hoard, which was found in a field in 2009 by metal detectorist Terry Herbert, 57.
Westwood, NJ (PRWEB) - Treasure hunting has fascinated children and adults for years with the idea of going on a high adventure and finding lost gold and ancient artifacts. Treasure hunter Craig Suits partakes in this entertaining hobby, but with the absence of pirates and curses. Ever since he built his first metal detector from a kit 45 years ago. he has been hunting for treasure everywhere he goes. It soon became a lifelong hobby that he not only had fun with, but also found profit in. Now to share his love with others, along with the help of editor Lilith Eden, comes their new book, “Treasure In Your Backyard” (published by AuthorHouse).
“Treasure In Your Backyard” is an instructional book designed to inform readers of the fun and profit that treasure hunting can provide for almost anyone. Suits teaches readers the basics needed to begin their own treasure hunt, from the equipment needed and instructions on using a metal detector to insights on where to and where not to search. He even shares a number of personal stories from his own exciting experiences.
“I would like to inspire and educate readers that aren’t accustomed to treasure hunting with metal detectors and to provide readers with a great and free life-long hobby that will always be the source of at least a few dollars,” Suits explains. “A lot of fun, great exercise and the possibility of discovering items worth thousands, especially when gold is selling at around $1800 an ounce these days.”
“Treasure In Your Backyard”
By Craig Suits and Lilith Eden
Softcover | 5 x 8 in | 64 pages | ISBN 9781468529500 |
E-Book | 64 pages | ISBN 9781468529494 |
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the Authors
Craig Suits is also author of the book, "[Up One Level." He supplies 45 years of field experience and technical know-how in the field of treasure hunting with a metal detector. Lilith Eden has bachelor’s degrees in anthropology and history.
AuthorHouse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors around the globe and offers the industry’s only suite of Hollywood book-to-film services. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, AuthorHouse assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, AuthorHouse celebrated 15 years of service to authors in Sept. 2011.For more information or to publish a book visit authorhouse.com or call 1-888-519-5121. For the latest, follow @authorhouse on Twitter.
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