When we were kids, searching for lost treasure was a summer pastime. It didn't matter that our most valuable find ended up being earthworms -- we were driven by the thrill of the hunt. A recent discovery in Bailiwick of Jersey, an island located off the northwest coast of France, may turn us into treasure hunters once again.
Reg Mead and Richard Miles, two English metal detector enthusiasts, have discovered a trove of approximately 50,000 coins dating back to the Iron Age (2,000 years ago). The discovery comes after 30 years of looking for the stash, a hunt that began after a woman told the duo her father came across coins in the field many years earlier, reports The Sun.
Officials estimate that the coins, which weigh three quarters of a ton, are worth around 10 million British Pounds, or $15.6 million. Mead told the BBC that "the old French law is finders keepers," indicating that the pair hope to split the bounty with the farmer who owns the land.
For the time being, however, the duo are content to let archaeologists study the rare coins. By English law, reports ITV News, the treasure technically belongs to the Queen, who may give them the value.
‘It is a very exciting piece of news and perhaps harks back to our cultural heritage in terms of finance, we are a finance center," UK Environment Minister, Deputy Rob Duhamel, told the Daily Mail. He jokingly added, "It was found under a hedge so perhaps this is an early example of hedge fund trading."
According to the Guardian, the largest previous find on the island occurred in 1935, with a discovery of 11,000 coins.
Check out this list of other lucky finds worth big bucks:
Whiskey Discovered Under Floorboards
Bryan Fite, a Missouri resident, uncovered a hidden stash of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/06/bryan-fite-whiskey-bottles-attic_n_1653864.html" target="_hplink">century-old whiskey</a> bottles underneath the floorboards in his attic. Rare bottles of whiskey have <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204452104577059792477936510.html" target="_hplink">sold</a> for as much as $200,000.
Gold Ingots Found In Bush
Gardeners stumbled across a number of unmarked gold bars, known as "ingots," under a bush while cutting grass in the Swiss of town of Klingnau near the German border. The 10 bars are worth an <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/13/swiss-gardeners-gold-ingots_n_1671689.html" target="_hplink">estimated</a> $126,000.
Wedding Ring Found In Newly Purchased Car
A Sacramento couple <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/19/wedding-ring-found-in-car_n_1609671.html" target="_hplink">found a 1961 wedding ring</a> between the seats of a car they had just purchased a few months earlier.
Meteorite Found In Park
A California mom <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/03/brenda-salveson-meteorite_n_1473973.html" target="_hplink">found a meteorite worth </a>more than gold at a local park where she frequently brings her dog and kids.
Original Picasso Print Found In Thrift Store
An unemployed man <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/10/zachary-bodish-picasso-print-sold_n_1506836.html" target="_hplink">sold an original Picasso print</a> that he found in a thrift store for $7,000.
$150,000 Discovered In Backyard
An unemployed Illinois man <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/31/unemployed-illinois-man-f_n_943167.html" target="_hplink">found duffle bags full of cash </a>totaling $150,000 in his backyard.
Engagement Ring Fished Out Of Toilet
A man got down on his knees for a second time after he found his <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/couple-finds-engagement-ring-toilet-36-years-154700561.html" target="_hplink">wife's engagement ring</a> in a toilet 36 years after she had lost it.
$40,000 In Cash Found In Attic
After a family in Salt Lake City found <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/20/family-finds_n_864725.html" target="_hplink">$40,000 in cash </a>in the attic of their recently-purchased home, they returned the money to its rightful owner.
Diamond Ring Recovered From Sewer
A worker in Idaho returned a diamond ring to its rightful owner after finding the treasure <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/13/idaho-woman-mechelle-reig_n_1422529.html" target="_hplink">in a sewer</a>. The owner thought she had lost it forever when she accidentally flushed it down the toilet.
Salvador Dali Etching Found At Goodwill
Federal Way Quality Control Officer Shea Munroe stumbled upon an <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/20/salvador-dali-etching-fou_n_2164427.html" target="_hplink">etching by famed surrealist painter Salvador Dali at a Goodwill</a> in Tacoma, Wash. The thrift store find would go on to sell for $21,005 in an online auction.
$11,000 Found In A Purse At Marshalls
Cheryl Gavazzi was shopping at Marshalls in Beverly, Mass. when a purse caught her eye. But what was inside the purse -- <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/20/cheryl-gavazzi-returns-cash-found-in-handbag_n_2164579.html?utm_hp_ref=money" target="_hplink">$11,000 in cash</a> -- is what really got her attention. She would hand over the bag to the police, who found the original owner who said the money was being used to build a church in Guatemala.
Book With $20,000 Hidden In The Pages
How's this for a page turner: A Wellesley, Mass. man found $20,000 in cash hidden in the pages of a book he discovered at a used book-swap. The man has asked to remain anonymous but said anyone with info on the books rightful owner could contact him at <a href="Ipatimga2005@comcast.net" target="_hplink">Ipatimga2005@comcast.net</a>.
8 Year Old Finds $63,000 Whale Vomit
An 8-year-old boy named Charlie Naysmith made a strange -- and pricey -- discovery when walking along the Hengistbury Head beach in Great Britain. Thinking he'd stumbled upon a yellow rock, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/28/charlie-naysmith-whale-vomit_n_1837241.html" target="_hplink">Naysmith had actually found ambergris</a>, a substance barfed or pooped up by sperm whales. The piece is estimated to be worth upwards of $63,000.
A Treasure Trove Of Baseball Cards In An Ohio Attic
Karl Kissner of Toledo, Ohio found a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/02/honus-wagner-ty-cobb-baseball-cards_n_1735636.html" target="_hplink">collection of baseball cards in his grandfather's attic</a> that fetched a tremendous sum. The 37 baseball cards featuring the likes of Hall of Famers Ty Cobb, Cy Young and Honus Wagner fetched $566,132 during bidding.