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First-time metal-detector user uncovers 6th century golden hoard


It's a rookie detectorist's dream. Danish man Ole Ginnerup Schyt had owned his metal detector for only a few hours when he stumbled across one of the largest gold treasures in his country's history. He discovered nearly 1 kg (2.2 pounds) of gold, including some huge medallions the size of saucers, according to a press release from VejleMuseerne, an art museum in southeastern Jutland, Denmark. The museum reports that the treasure had been buried for 1,500 years.
The treasure is now known as the Vindelev Hoard. It consists of decorated saucer-sized medallions known as bracteates as well as Roman coins that were turned into jewelry. Some have inscriptions that may refer to the rulers of the time, or to Norse mythology, with one coin possibly referring to the god Odin. One of the Roman coins depicts the Roman emperor Constantine the Great, who ruled from 285-337 AD.

But the rookie detectorist better not get used to such finds. He's unlikely to ever have such a day again.


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