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    Here's me thinking you'd started digging your own gold mine.

    Might be a gold mine with fish that big.

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    Some inspiration to you:

    Metal detecting couple find a treasure hoard worth up to 5m


    Let’s be honest, we’ve probably all wondered whether or not it’s worth investing in a metal detector at least once or twice. Obviously, most of us have probably given the idea the old yeah, nah, but you can’t deny that the old blokes who do use them often turn up a few coins. In the case of this couple from Pommyland, their find wasn’t just a few coins, though. Nah, these lucky buggers have pulled over two-and-a-half thousand coins from a millennia ago out of an old field.
    Credit: BNP/TreasureHunting
    As you can tell from the headline, we’re heading to bloody Pommyland for this one. We’re clearly not experts on metal detectors, but we reckon that if the time and effort you need to put into metal-detection is gonna pay off anywhere, it’s somewhere like Pommyland or continental Europe or Asia.

    Adam Staples and Lisa Grace, the fortunate treasure-hunters, have scored pretty friggen big with this find. Experts are predicting their haul is worth anywhere from three to five million pounds. It’s made up of King Harold II pennies from the end of Anglo-Saxon England and William the Conqueror coins, made after the battle of 1066.
    Credit: BNP
    Obviously, the pair has been reluctant to say exactly where they found the coins, but they described it as ‘the find of a lifetime.’ Yeah, no doubt. Seriously, get excited. That’s pretty bloody impressive.

    London coin expert Nigel Mills says, “Harold II coins are rarer than William coins and could be worth between 2,000 to 4,000 each. The William I coins will be between 1,000 and 1,500. This hoard could be worth between 3m and 5m.”
    According to law, Adam and Lisa had to tell the local finds liaison officer about the score, but if they have to go to the museum, that museum will still have to pay the going rate. If the museums don’t want them, they’ll still be free to sell the coins to anyone willing.
    Credit: BNP
    Chances of a museum coming in must be pretty bloody high, though. The British Museum – who took the coins into their care once they were reported – said, “This appears to be an important discovery.”

    Old mate Nigel, who we mentioned earlier, reckons they’d have belonged to someone important who buried them in the ground for safe-keeping but died before he could get back to them. “It would have been a substantial amount of money back. Not a king, but somebody high up and important, somebody of substance. They didn’t have banks back then so where else were they going to store their money safely?”

    Lang may yer lum reek...

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    Well thanks mate, I need a bit of encouragement after bringing home half of Rayong's beach crap.

    But how's this for a coincidence... Same story from the BBC and this find was about 4 miles from where I grew up in Somerset.

    Been telling the wife for years we should move to the UK. Now see what I've missed out on!

    Detectorists find huge Chew Valley Norman coin hoard

    Image copyright Pippa Pearce Image caption The hoard is the largest Norman treasure find since 1833 .

    A huge hoard of silver coins dating back to the aftermath of the Battle of Hastings could be declared as treasure.

    The 2,528 silver coins were found in the Chew Valley, north-east Somerset, by a group of metal detectorists.

    Lisa Grace and Adam Staples, who unearthed the bulk of the hoard, said: "We've been dreaming of this for 15 years but it's finally come true."

    The British Museum said it was the second largest find of Norman coins ever in the UK.

    Mr Staples, from Derby, added: "It was totally unbelievable - to find one would be an exceptional day metal detecting.

    "To find two unrelated coins would be almost impossible. And when there were more beeps, from two to 10, from 50 to 100, to wow how many are there?

    "From then on it was just crazy."

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