An amateur metal detector on a family holiday in Victoria’s famous goldfields has found 14 coins potentially worth thousands of dollars.
Bev Martin, 60, was searching for gold nuggets last week in Victoria’s ‘Golden Triangle’, two hours north-west of Melbourne, when her metal detector blared out to let her know she had found something special.
She started digging with her shovel before unearthing the rare coins thought to be over 150 years old.
Bev Martin (pictured) discovered 14 coins while on a family trip to Victoria’s ‘Golden Triangle’ two hours north-west of Melbourne
‘This is a once in a lifetime find and I doubt anyone will ever find this many again,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
‘They are very, very hard to find, you are pretty lucky if you find even one.’
Ms Martin, who has only recently taken up the hobby, was keen to share the discovery online with the Detecting Downunder Facebook group.
‘We’ve all heard the story of that person out on their first treasure hunt with a metal detector and hits the mother load,’ they said.
‘Well, break out your tissues because it’s happened again.’
Ms Martin said it was her first trip out to the Golden Triangle, a location in the northern area of Greater Central Goldfields region, that is famous for unearthing a huge amount of gold nuggets in the early 1850s.
Ms Martin said she was incredibly lucky to even find one of the rare coins and had yet to make up her mind on what to do with them
It was her first trip to the Golden Triangle, a location in the northern area of Greater Central Goldfields region, that was famous for unearthing a huge amount of gold nuggets in the early 1850s
Ms Martin said didn’t quite know what to do with her very rare coins but would likely get them valued soon.
‘I have no idea how much they are worth but just gold value alone they would be worth quite a bit,’ she said.
Joe Dettling, the owner of M.R.Roberts’ Wynyard Coin Centre, said the collection of coins dated between 1842 to 1857 would be worth a minimum of $700 each.
‘Sovereign coins can be worth hundreds of thousands or as little as $700, it all depends on when they were made, the type and their condition,’ he said.
Source: Daily Mail australia