Whenever you’re burned out from studying or working too hard, to little or no avail, don’t you sometimes wish you’re a successful treasure hunter who had stumbled upon something that would allow you to fast forward to retirement?
It might just be a fun scenario for the rest of us to fantasize about, but it actually came true for this amateur treasure hunter who went on a metal-detecting hike in Bridport, England. Meet Mike Smale, the fortunate treasure hunter who discovered the find of a lifetime! (There’s hope for the rest of us, folks!)
The 35-year-old man was going over a farmland with his friends from the Southern Detectorists Club when they chanced upon something extraordinary. Mike’s metal detector beeped, and hence started the digging. They may have hoped to find something ancient or interesting, but what they saw was so much more than that.
After a little digging, they finally found what set off the treasure hunter’s detector — a bunch of coins. Nothing special, right? Well, probably — except these weren’t ordinary coins — they were Roman coins dating back some 2,000 years ago!
They didn’t just find 5 or 10 or 20 of these — they actually found 600 silver coins minted when Cleopatra and Mark Anthony still graced the Earth!
The worth? Around $267,000 in total.
The 35-year-old treasure hunter could sure live off this fortune for the rest of his life, but Mike says he is not yet done hunting:
“It’s a great find, my biggest one, but I shan’t be giving it up. It’s great fun and I’m sticking with it.”
As for the earnings he’d be gaining from the Roman coins, he says he’d be splitting it with the farmer whose farmlands housed the coins all this time. Of course, he would also be sharing it with the guys from the Southern Detectorists Club.
“Whatever I do get I’m going to split with the guys I went up there with,” Mike said.
What can you say about this story? If you were to find a treasure as amazing as this, what would you do? How would you spend the money? Share it with us in the comments section below!