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Stunned metal detectorist unearths a 'chocolate coin' - only to discover it is a 1,500-year-old Anglo-Saxon GOLD pendant
An amateur metal detectorist has compared finding a 6th century Anglo-Saxon pendant in a muddy field to 'winning the lottery'.
The shiny piece of gold was originally mistaken to be a 'chocolate coin' due to its immaculate preservation but experts proved it is a gold pendant from 1,500 years ago.
Rachel Carter, 41, was searching a Kent field with her partner and her metal detector when she stumbled across the find.
After showing the coin to her partner they realized what she had mistook to be a 'piece of junk' was in fact an authentic piece of British history.
Ms Carter said: 'As soon as I put the detector down, I got a signal that was going mad so I dug down and pulled out this pendant.
'It was only about five inches down and was so perfect and gold and new-looking that at first I thought it was a bit of junk - you'd think you could unwrap it and eat the chocolate from inside.
'I went over to Ricky and said 'do you reckon this is anything?' and he was like "oh my God."
Ms Carter and her partner, Ricky Shubert, say it was a sign from her mother who passed away nearly a year before the discovery.
She restarted the hobby after caring for her elderly mother and made the find at Christmas.
'Some people in my club have been digging for 50 years and they say they've never seen anything like it.'
Using her partner's metal detector, Ms Carter briefly scanned over a section of earth at her friend's farm before setting off to tackle the far side of the field.
But her partner told her she had missed a spot and told her to take another look.
She said: 'Ricky said 'hang on you said you wanted to try this part' and he encouraged me to come back and have another look.
'My mum always said to me "one day you'll find something really special."
'All I ever wanted was to find something gold and religious for her - because she was Catholic - and then I did.
'It's like she sent this as a sign, saying "see? keep going."
'We've been back a few times since then, and haven't found anything.
'Usually you find caps, coins, that sort of thing - but we've found absolutely nothing since. It's really weird.'
The pendant was reported to a Kent Finds liaison officer and could be displayed in a museum with Rachel's name underneath it.
She said: 'It would be lovely to see it in a museum, with my name underneath it
'But to be honest, I'd rather keep it because it's absolutely amazing - finding it was like winning the lottery, without having known what the ticket was worth.'
The couple hope to find out how the pendant came to be at the farm near Marshside and more about the area's history.
Andrew Richardson, outreach and archives manager at Canterbury Archaeological Trust, said it is a 'significant find.'
He added: 'My first impression is that it is a gold coin of 6th or early 7th century date, possibly an imported Frankish tremissis, that has been re-fashioned as a pendant.
'We have seen these before in Kent. Imports of quantities of Byzantine and Frankish gold coinage into Kent were not infrequent, probably as gifts
'Anglo-Saxon England was not thought to be a coin using economy, so coins tended to either get melted down to make jewelry, or occasionally got refashioned as pendants, as is the case here.
'During the early 7th century, the Kentish kings began to mint their own gold coins, known as thrymsas, and from then on a coin using economy developed.'
He added: 'That stretch of the north Kent coast is certainly an area where there is plenty of evidence of prehistoric, Roman and Anglo-Saxon settlement.
'Coastal erosion here means that considerable archaeology is being revealed along this stretch of shore, and I'd expect this to continue.
'This is a significant find, and the finder has done the right thing by reporting it to the Finds Liaison Officer for Kent.'
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Rare gold coins and a golden earring have been discovered in the ancient Mediterranean port of Caesarea in northern Israel - possibly left and never recovered as Crusaders conquered the city 900 years ago.
The Israel Antiquities Authority announced finding the 24 gold coins and the earring. According to the authority, it was found between two stones in the side of a well in a house in a neighborhood that dates back some 900 years, during the Abbasid and Fatimid periods.
The directors of the excavation, the IAA's Peter Gendelman and Mohammed Hatar, said the coins in the cache date to the end of the 11th century. That makes it possible 'to link the treasure to the Crusader conquest of the city in the year 1101, one of the most dramatic events in the medieval history of the city', an IAA statement said.
The crusade which captured Caesarea was led by Baldwin I of Jerusalem, who ruled the Crusader kingdom between 1100 and 1118.
It followed the First Crusade and is often known as the Crusade of the Faint-Hearted due to the number of people who joined it having turned back from the First Crusade.
After being crowned in Jerusalem on 25 December 1100, Baldwin fought several battles between Jerusalem and the port city of Ashkelon.
Caesarea fell on 17 May 1101 after a siege of 15 days. According to the Antiquities Authority, most inhabitants of the city were massacred by Baldwin I's army between 1100 to 1118 CE.
The bronze pot in which the trove was held for the past millennium, which is itself a valuable item, was secreted between stones in a 1.5 meter-deep well. The discovery was made during an excavation and conservation project at the Caesarea World Heritage site.
This bronze pot, which shows indications of once having an original metal lid, was given a makeshift ceramic stopper before being placed into the watering hole, according to The Times of Israel. 'The people broke a piece of ceramic and put it in as a stop-gap lid so the coins wouldn't fall out'.
'According to contemporary written sources, most of the inhabitants of Caesarea were massacred by the army of Baldwin I (1100-1118), king of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem,' it added.
'It is reasonable to assume that the treasure´s owner and his family perished in the massacre or were sold into slavery, and therefore were not able to retrieve their gold.'
The cache is of a unique combination of coins not yet seen in Israel consisting of two types of coins: 18 Fatimid dinars, well known from previous excavations in Caesarea, where it was the standard local currency of the time,' said Dr. Robert Kool, coin expert at the authority.
'And a small and extremely rare group of six Byzantine imperial gold coins.
'Five of the coins are concave and belong to the reign of the Byzantine Emperor Michael VII Doukas (1071-1079 CE).'
Caesarea was constructed in the first century BC by King Herod at a time that Judea was part of the Roman empire. First built by Herod the Great between 20 and 11 BC, Caesarea proved an important port city to several conquerers, including the Roman and Byzantine empires.
Source: Daily Mail
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