This was a big year for unearthing gold, both specimens untouched by man and treasures that had been hidden for hundreds of years. Here are six of 2014’s most exciting gold discoveries.
A hobbyist in Butte County, Calif., discovered gold in them thar hills with a metal detector. It was later sold by Kagin’s to an indisclosed buyer for an undisclosed sum, though it was estimated to go for between $350,000 and $400,000.
The couple found $10 million in 100-year-old gold coins buried in six metal cans on their property.
The discovery, which included gold armlets, a silver chain necklace, silver bracelets, and gold earrings dating from the 1st century, was made by the Colchester Archaeological Trust and was donated to the Colchester and Ipswich Museums Service.
A 6,664-gram piece of gold was discovered at the Ukhagan mine in Siberia. It was found on Friday the 13th during a full moon, which, combined with it’s pointy-ear shape, led its miners to name it the “Devil’s Ear.”
An expedition to the Ship of Gold, a 150-year old shipwreck, resulted in the recovery of more than 1,000 ounces of gold. Millions more are thought to be buried still.
A Midwestern metal dealer bought the egg at an antiques mart for $14,000 and intended to sell it for scrap. Imagine his shock when a quick Google search revealed he had one of the few surviving Fabergé eggs.