A trio of treasure hunters armed with a metal detector discovered a trove of silver Roman coins dating back nearly 2,000 years in northern England — and the find may be evidence of a large Roman outpost waiting to be unearthed.

The 18 coins, which appear to date to the 1st century reign of the emperor Vespasian, were found in 2015, but the thrilling discovery was kept under wraps so archaeologists could investigate the area, according to The Telegraph newspaper.

In the years since, workers at the Yorkshire site have uncovered several more silver coins, along with hundreds of pottery fragments, multiple child burial sites and a small brooch — and experts think they’re just scratching the surface, the report said.

“There are decorated bowls and amphorae [ancient jars], which would have transported olive oil and wine from the Mediterranean. Lots of really fine pottery,” the excavation’s head, Chris Casswell, told The Telegraph. “We have discovered evidence for … a high-status site.”

The dig has also yielded foundation trenches, post-holes and even the time-worn remnants of stone walls, indicating a more permanent settlement.

Though ample evidence of Roman settlement in England has been found dating to later in the empire’s span, “It is rare to find one of such an early date,” Casswell added.

What has become an archaeologist’s dream excavation started humbly — with three history buff pals scanning the field with a metal detector, according to The Telegraph.

“Straight away we knew it was a hoard,” recalled Paul King of the moment he, Robert Hamer, and Robin Siddle discovered the coins.

The trio reported the find to museum experts, who praised them for acting in the best interest of history, the paper said.

Officials will determine who gets to keep the artifacts.

Even if he doesn’t end up with the coins, King says the thrill is all in the hunt and connecting with the past today.

“You just want to know about things. How did people live? What did they do?” he told The Telegraph. “When you pick up that Roman coin out of the ground, after it’s been there for 2,000 years, it still puts tingles up my spine that the last person to touch that coin was a Roman.”


CAPE TOWN – The new banknotes from the South African Reserve Bank (Sarb) that honours Nelson Mandela, boasts an interesting new feature that has not been seen on any South African currency – the notes become alive through augmented reality (AR).

Sarb launched the new banknote series at a media briefing last month.

Madiba’s story jumps off the paper through an AR app. And it’s not just the animation: The AR app is also interactive and lets users play a game in which you race against the clock and build up a score.

The creators of the AR app, Sea Monster, said that they worked very closely with Sarb in creating an app that was both engaging and sincere.

“We worked a lot on the stories from Madiba’s life that inspired the themes and designs for the app,” Sea Monster CEO Glenn Gillis said in a statement.

“One of the biggest challenges was the fact that money – the actual notes – aren’t always flat and clean which is ideal for AR. Bank notes are handled by many people, they get shoved in pockets or into the bottom of bags, so that by the time they’re used they can often be a crumpled mess. We wanted to create an app that would still work within those parameters and didn’t just require a pristine banknote,” said Gillis.

Lebo Lekoma, head of client services told Business Report that they were overjoyed to be in partnership with the reserve bank.

Lekoma said that the main mandate from the Sarb was to educate South Africans on the technical and security aspects of the new notes and make it interactive.

Sea Monster believe that not only do you learn about Madiba’s life story through the app, you can also learn about the technical aspects of the new design.

The app is also aimed at educating users about identifying counterfeit notes.

“We saw augmented reality as the best way to do this and to further push the boundaries of new technology. We wanted to push the bounds and be a world first. We wanted to show Madiba’s life and journey in a digital way and most importantly highlight his contribution to South Africa”, Lekoma added.

WHATS IS NEXT

When asked what is next for Sea Monster in the coming months Lekoma said she is bound by confidentiality agreements but did give BR a tease, saying that readers should “keep their eyes on October” and that big things are happening.

Last month the company launched a new game called “Adulting”. The game teaches you how to better manage your money and provides links and tools to better utilise the funds you have through courses on Moneyversity.

Moneyversity is an online financial education hub, that uses videos, games, calculators, and articles to help people make the most of their money.

The hub was created by Old Mutual.

 


The national Bank of Ukraine reported about the changes in the circulation of our neighbors. Namely, the introduction into circulation of banknotes of 50 PLN of the new sample. Money circulation in Poland, the novelty will appear in the middle of July 2017, and will gradually replace the banknote issued in 2014.

Compared to slick 50 zlotys, which was introduced on 7 April 2014, the date printed on the front side was replaced by “8 GRUDNIA r 2017.”. Also changed the signature of the Chairman of the National Bank of Poland and the head of the Treasury. In addition, the banknote of 50 PLN 2018 release coated on both sides with a protective coating to improve wear resistance”, — stated in it.

POLAND LAUNCHED INTO CIRCULATION NEW BANKNOTES

POLAND LAUNCHED INTO CIRCULATION NEW BANKNOTES

POLAND LAUNCHED INTO CIRCULATION NEW BANKNOTES

POLAND LAUNCHED INTO CIRCULATION NEW BANKNOTES

The document also notes that the new Polish coins will go in parallel with 50 zlotys sample 2014 and 1995. They will be accepted by banks and sales and service network in the country.

At the moment the number of the banknote of Poland consists of 6 denominations: 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 zlotys. The controller gradually implementing the update notes.


The gigantic Da Ke Ding, an almost 3,000-year-old bronze tripod, is one of the centerpieces of the Shanghai Museum.

The national treasure is displayed in the bronze gallery on the first floor.

Ding cauldrons, the round ones on three legs and the rectangular ones on four, have two facing handles and were used in ancestral rituals.

Ding symbolized authority, power and status, especially from the Xia Dynasty (c. 2070-1600 BC) to the Warring States Period (476-221 BC).

In the Zhou Dynasty (1046-256 BC), there was a strict rule governing the number of ding that a person was authorized to own.

Emperors had a privilege to own nine ding whilst feudal lords were allowed to have seven, ministers five and scholars three.

The owner of Da Ke Ding was Ke who was a “Shan Fu,” literally chef, in charge of the meals of King Xiao of Zhou.

So the bronze tripod is also called Shan Fu Ke Ding. However, Ke was much more than a chef: He also served as a high-ranking official highly regarded by the king.

Ke was in charge of sacrificial ceremonies, etiquette, and publicizing the king’s orders.

Seven smaller bronze cauldrons, a set of bianzhong consisting of six bronze bells, two xu — bronze food containers — and a bo — a bronze percussion instrument — all owned by Ke were unearthed together in Rencun Village, Fufeng County in Shaanxi Province in the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

The treasure of the Da Ke Ding

The treasure of the Da Ke Ding

Both the rim and the legs of the Da Ke Ding were cast with taotie motifs, which is commonly found on Chinese ritual bronze vessels from the Shang (1600-1046 BC) and the Zhou dynasties. Taotie, described as one of the “four evil creatures of the world” in the “Classic of Mountains and Seas,” is a mythological figure in Chinese legend, representing greed.

Many experts believe that the ferocious look of the taotie motif created a sense of mystique and stateliness, which made the public stand in awe of the owners and their dominance.

The body of the bronze tripod was engraved with wave patterns and the handles with dragons.

Inside the tripod, 290 Chinese characters are inscribed in two paragraphs and 28 lines. The inscription documents the achievements of Ke’s grandfather and the admiration for his noble virtues in the first paragraph, and the rewards, including lands, slaves and clothes, granted by the king in the second paragraph.

The inscription not only offers important evidence of the land grant system, the practices and official positions of the Western Zhou period (1046-771 BC)but also had a great impact on the calligraphy and seal cutting.

Da Ke Ding is known as one of the “Three Treasures within Four Seas” along with Da Yu Ding and Mao Gong Ding, which are exhibited in the National Museum of China in Beijing and the Palace Museum in Taipei.

All the three bronze tripods were excavated in the late Qing Dynasty.

Both Da Ke Ding and Da Yu Ding were collected by the same man, Pan Zuyin (1830-90), a politician, scholar and dedicated collector of antiques especially ritual bronzes.

Da Yu Ding was sent by Zuo Zongtang (1812-85), a Chinese statesman and military leader of the late Qing Dynasty, to Pan as a gift.

Spending a large sum of money, Pan purchased Da Ke Ding from Ke Shaotai from Tianjin.

His collection was kept safe in his hometown Suzhou in Jiangsu Province.

The treasure of the Da Ke Ding

The treasure of the Da Ke Ding

After the death of Pan Zuyin, his brother Pan Zunian inherited the collection.

Pan Dayu (1906-2007) married into the Pan family at the age of 18. Tragically, her husband died only three months after their marriage. Before he died, he reminded Pan that she must protect the bronze tripods.

With the outbreak of the war of resistance against Japanese invasion in the 1930s, Pan asked two carpenters to make several wooden boxes which were used to store the family’s treasures. The boxes containing the Da Ke Ding and the Da Yu Ding were buried.

During the war, Japanese robbers pillaged her house seven times but still couldn’t find the treasures.

The wooden cases rotted away seven years later. Unearthing the two bronze tripods, Pan hid them in a room until the end of the Chinese civil war.

In July 1951, Pan wrote a letter donating the two cauldrons to the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Administration of Cultural Relics.

In return, the commission awarded her cash, which was refused by Pan, and a citation, which hung on her bedroom wall for 50 years.

In 1952, the two national treasures were exhibited in the Shanghai Museum. In 1959, Da Yu Ding was moved to Beijing. To celebrate the centenary of Pan’s birth, a special exhibition displaying the Da Ke Ding and the Da Yu Ding together was held in 2004.

Looking at her two old “family members” carefully, Pan said: “Very good, nothing changes. I have found a nice family for them.” Pan passed away in Suzhou in 2007. Her legacy and spirit live on and her name is on the wall of the Shanghai Museum.


Switzerland’s brand new 200-franc note was unveiled on Wednesday, the latest in a new series of award-winning banknotes for the country.

The design of the new 200-franc note is intended to reflect Switzerland’s scientific expertise, according to a Swiss National Bank (SNB) statement.

The note will begin to go into circulation on August 22nd. The SNB says that is smaller and easier to handle than its predecessor.

Switzerland’s new 200-franc banknote

Switzerland’s new 200-franc banknote

The 200-franc note, worth around $200, is the fourth in a new series of high-security Swiss banknotes being released in stages. The 50, 20 and 10-franc notes have already been released to great acclaim.

The updated 10-franc note, released in October 2017, was rated the world’s best for last year by the International Bank Note Society.

Switzerland’s new 200-franc banknote

Switzerland’s new 200-franc banknote

Switzerland’s new 200-franc banknote

Switzerland’s new 200-franc banknote

Switzerland’s new 200-franc banknote

That award came after the new Swiss 50-franc note claimed the same prize in 2016.

The new version of the heavy-duty 1000-franc note is set to be presented in May 2019 with the updated 100-franc note expected to be unveiled in autumn 2019.

The former “eight series” banknotes will remain legal tender under further notice, the SNB said.

credits : https://www.thelocal.ch/20180815/this-is-how-switzerlands-new-200-franc-note-looks


Among the millions who participated in World War I, a few names live in history. The Red Baron is one. Lawrence of Arabia is another.

Britain’s Royal Mint’s latest coin sets commemorating people and events from WWI include gold and silver £5 coins honoring “Colonel” Thomas Edward Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia.

The common reverse design of both proofs by David Cornell shows Lawrence in his Arabian headdress. In the foreground are camels and riders representing the Arab revolt of 1916-1918 in which Lawrence played a significant part.

The silver coin comes struck on a 38.61 mm, 28.28 g .925 fine silver flan. The gold is on a 38.61 mm, 39.94 g .9167 fine flan. Both are edge-lettered: I WROTE MY WILL ACROSS THE SKY IN STARS, a quote from The Seven Pillars of Wisdom.

Previously, Lawrence has featured on several coin series featuring wartime heroes such as struck by British Virgin Islands and Tristan da Cunha.

And his time as a mainspring in the Arab revolt contributed to the many Ottoman and other coins that were counterstamped “al-Hejaz” and “Nejd” as the Arab forces came to occupy former Ottoman territories in the Hejaz.

Many myths surround Lawrence, a couple of which are perpetuated in the Royal Mint’s media release announcing the new coins. A somewhat more accurate précis is provided for those who get their history from Hollywood movie scripts.

At the outbreak of WWI, Lawrence was working as an archaeologist in the Middle East. He was fluent in Arabic and had many contacts among the Bedouin tribes, whom he admired immensely. He eventually volunteered for the British Army stationed in Egypt but was rejected as physically unsuitable. The British found him a niche in intelligence where they could use his extensive knowledge of the Hejaz (Arabia) and its people.

In 1916, he was sent to the Hejaz. Here he encountered the three sons of Sharif Hussein, Emir of Mecca, and concluded that the youngest, Faisal, would be the ideal leader for an Arab revolt against their Ottoman overlords. For his part, Faisal was impressed by the young Britisher who openly espoused visions for an independent pan-Arab nation.

The revolt had started in mid-1916 but had become bogged down as it lacked clear goals. Lawrence worked with Faisal to reposition his forces and coordinate attacks. Essentially, Lawrence’s strategy was that of guerilla warfare. The results came fast and were impressive. Ottoman forces around Medina were rendered powerless to attack Faisal’s positions given that the Ottoman railway south from Syria was constantly under attack.

Lawrence was assigned permanently to Faisal’s staff, where he not only liaised with the British forces but also participated personally in numerous attacks throughout 1917 and 1918. The Arabs named him Emir Dinimi [King Dynamite].

A 300-mile journey in June 1917 to Damascus saw him return with considerable intelligence and the cooperation of the local Arab nationalists. The British were sufficiently impressed to consider awarding him a Victoria Cross but settled for making him a Companion of the Order of the Bath.

He planned and executed the successful capture of Aqaba on the Red Sea on July 6, 1917, via a surprise overland attack. This result saw Gen. Allenby assure Lawrence of his total confidence, and from then forward, a free hand. His part in the rout of the Ottomans at the battle of Tafileh in 1918 saw him awarded the Distinguished Service Order.

By the summer of 1918, the Ottomans had had enough of Lawrence. He and Faisal were tying down an inordinate number of their troops. They put a price on his head equivalent to $2 million today. No Arab betrayed him. For his part, Sharif Hussein treated Lawrence as one of his sons.

Although Lawrence was deeply involved in the buildup to the capture of Damascus, he was not present at the city’s formal surrender. He was beaten to the draw on Oct. 1, 1918, by the 10th Australian Light Horse Brigade.

Remarkably, throughout his war career, Lawrence was never formally commissioned. He carried various temporary ranks from Lieutenant to Lieutenant Colonel. Post-war Gen. Allenby even agreed to him becoming an informal full colonel for a few days to ensure he got a sleeping berth on the train from Tarranto to Paris during a peace conference. Unlike his temporary ranks, that of colonel was never gazetted.

For Lawrence, the temporary ranks were meaningless. He declined to be credited with them. He was well known as the scruffiest man in the British Army.

He also declined any of his decorations and awards. He returned his French Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur and Croix de Guerre with Palm and politely told King George V that he could not accept any British awards.

He was dismayed by the British government’s reneging on a promise of Arab independence and explained to the king it was his intention to fight the British establishment “by fair means or foul.” In the circumstances, awards would be inappropriate. The king accepted these views.

“We shall never see his like again,” Winston Churchill said


Archaeology is like a treasure hunt where the prizes are pieces of information from the past, and Japanese archaeologists recently hit the jackpot. They discovered a jar filled with coins belonging to a medieval samurai. The ceramic jar was found in the Saitama Prefecture north of Tokyo and is one of the largest hauls of medieval coins discovered in the country.

The jar, which dates back to the first half of the 15th century, contains well over 100,000 bronze coins and measures nearly 24 inches in diameter. A wood tablet was discovered next to the stone lid, with the words “nihyaku rokuju” (260) written in ink. Archaeologists believe this could refer to 260 kan, or units of 1,000, placing the total at 260,000 coins in the jar.

The treasure was buried 6.5 feet (2 meters) below ground and was likely placed there to save the samurai’s riches, as it was a troubled period in Japan’s history. Over the course of the 15th century, civil war broke out as the Muromachi shogunate was under attack. This was a period where the Emperor was relatively weak, with military dictators known as shoguns leading the country.

The second half of the 15th century saw different families jockeying for position and power—leading to increased violence. Feudal lords, known as daimyō, challenged the shogun’s authority and it was in this era that ninjas were often hired and used as secret assassins. With that picture clear, it makes sense that a powerful samurai would want to keep his money hidden.

For now, 70 of the coins have been examined. These coins were looped on a string and include 19 different coins from China and different areas of Japan. It’s thought that all of the coins—which have holes in the center—would have been strung together on a rope before being added to the jar. Based on the coins looked at so far, researchers believe the jar would have been buried at some point after the second half of the 15th century.

Source: https://mymodernmet.com/japan-medieval-coin-discovery/


For decades extraterrestrial intelligence subjugated humanity.

Scott Waring notes that humanoids has conquered Earth, and various signs of confirmation. Experts believes that secret communities exist quite a long time. Expert in careful study of 1 dollar saw the silhouette of an alien God – being in control of absolutely everything, even humanity. Also saw the UFO and other secret symbols – triangular shape and the all-seeing eye that closely connects money with the masons. Interestingly, that image can be detected with the naked eye

UFO ALIEN FOUND ON THE DOLLAR BILL HUMANOID .. CREEPY!

UFO ALIEN FOUND ON THE DOLLAR BILL HUMANOID .. CREEPY!

Waring stressed that notice to the patron of the secret society you can use to increase the contrast of the photo. It turned out that in the place where it spreads its wings, the eagle (the sign of the USA – approx. VladTime) hiding an alien creature. By the way, the slogan “In God We Trust”, that in translation into Russian “in God We trust” should get to have Christian characters, but why they do not. Ufologist suggested that the creators of banknotes inclined alien races.

It is worth noting that the currency is spread throughout the Land, and that means the developers were determined to spread the cult across the globe. The expert is sure that the humanoids have gained world community.

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Altogether 150 silver coins of the British era have been recovered while digging the earth of the courtyard of a house at Oreya village in Hazaribagh district, the police said.

An earthen pot, containing the coins, was buried in the courtyard, Sub-divisional officer (Hazaribagh Sadar) Aditya Ranjan said here yesterday.

One Tulsi Sao, who is staying on rent in the house, found the coins on July 25. On being informed, police seized the coins.

The State Archaeological Department has been informed about the recovery, the SDO said.

The Department has also been informed about the recovery of 41 coins of the Mughal period from the Pandeywara village of Keredari block two weeks ago, he said.


Treasure Hunter Finds 1,800-Year Old Roman Signet Ring In Somerset

Treasure Hunter Finds 1,800-Year Old Roman Signet Ring In Somerset

It’s every amateur treasure hunter’s dream – to find something of historical significance while swinging your metal detector from left to right in a country field. Usually, nothing of importance or worth turns up, but every now and then you might find something worth a few quid.

But 45-year-old pest control officer Jason Massey went one – well, maybe a thousand – better, when he was searching for buried treasure in a field near Crewkerne in Somerset and happened upon an 1,800-year-old gold Roman signet ring.

Treasure Hunter Finds 1,800-Year Old Roman Signet Ring In Somerset

Treasure Hunter Finds 1,800-Year Old Roman Signet Ring In Somerset

While the monetary value of the ancient ring is still being appraised, the piece of jewellery is believed to have belonged to a ‘high status’ figure, which potentially makes it one of the most significant finds in Somerset’s history.

“The Somerset Archaeological team think we have found a very high status villa complex, but more investigative work is needed,” Jason told the Mail Online.

Of course, it’s very likely that the ring is worth a substantial amount of money – which is why finding something like this is every treasure hunter’s dream. They’re doing it for fun, yes, but also on the off-chance it’ll make their fortune.

However, once researchers at the British Museum have valued the ring, Mr Massey will have to share 50 per cent of any profits he makes from it with the landowner.

Currently, that could be anything. “We have no idea how much [the ring] is worth,” he said. “There is nothing like it in the UK.”

Mr Massey served in the British armed forces between 1989 and 1992, and made the find as part of a charitable dig with the Detecting For Veterans group.

The site they were searching is west of Yeovil and is believed to have once been a high-status Roman villa, and Detecting for Veterans unearthed 60 other Roman coins on Sunday.

It’s the ring that’s getting all the attention, however. It features an engraving of Victoria, the Roman god of Victory, riding a chariot pulled by two horses.

Who knows what other treasures are hidden in the earth at the site, but the ring could indicate that are more exciting things just waiting to be found.