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Construction Worker Unearths P16.8M Worth of 12th Century Treasures in the Philippines

According to the National Geographic, the gold and silver coins, jewelry, and other artifacts recovered from the property are dated to be more than 2,000 years old.

Ann Nuñez





Negros Occidental, Philippines – a construction worker named “Doming” Agravante (real identity is withheld for security reasons) was digging the ground in the property of one of the prominent clans in the province when he found a surprising object – a gold ring. Digging further, he discovered more treasures in the form of gold and silver coins.

Surprised by his find, he reported the incident to the land owner, who immediately contacted the National Geographic for analysis and further studies.

The treasures were composed of gold and silver coins, jewelries, and other valuable artifacts.


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According to the National Geographic, the gold and silver coins, jewelry, and other artifacts are dated to be more than 2,000 years old already. Archaeologists are still trying to verify how the treasure ended up in Negros Occidental. Others, however, believe that the treasures are spoils from Eastern Europe brought back to China by Mongolian soldiers.

The total value of the artifacts amounted to 16.8 million pesos, or roughly 380,000 US dollars. The owner of the property rewarded Agravante and donated 30% of the find to the National Geographic.

The Philippines, with its rich culture and history, may still be hiding many treasures in its soil – and they’re just waiting to be found.

Source: The Philippine Pride

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Family Discovers Gold Coins Worth $1 Million from 300-Year-Old Spanish Shipwreck

After nearly 300 years, treasure hunters recovered more than $1 million in gold from famous and historical shipwreck in Florida.

A family of treasure hunters is living our childhood fantasies about hidden treasures and embarking on a wild adventure. After nearly 300 years, more than $1 million worth of gold artifacts were found off the coast of Florida. Treasure hunter Brent Brisben of Queens Jewels said the the gold was discovered on June 17 about 4.5 meters in the Atlantic Ocean off Fort Pierce.

When Eric Schmitt’s metal detector got a hit about 4.5 meters below the ocean’s surface, he almost ignored it. Usually, the metal detectors only detects beer cans and lead fishing weights. But this time it was totally different. The family of treasure hunters from Sanford struck gold, and a lot of it.

The state of Florida is entitled to up to 20% of the treasures and the rest is split between Queens Jewels and the the Schmitt family, the treasure hunters who discovered it. According to Brisben, the artifacts date from a 1715 maritime tragedy.

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