British treasure hunters are on a roll. This week we read that a trove of Roman-era gold coins worth $155,000 had been unearthed near St Albans. It’s one of several similar stories reported in recent months.
Unfortunately, there’s no Roman, Celtic, Saxon or Greek coins hidden in outback Australia. But you may be interested to know that one of the world’s biggest ever coin hoards was found in Queensland!
In 1978, an earthenware jar containing 32,000 Chinese copper, iron and bronze coins was found on the Palmer River gold field, which drew thousands of European and Chinese prospectors during the 1870s. The huge cache included coins dating from 206AD.
A possible explanation for its existence is that it served as an informal bank used by the Chinese and was buried to keep it from being discovered by rival miners.