Thursday, 3 November 2016

Ancient gold coin discovered in Kafr Kana

Archaeological excavation at Kafr Kana revealed a gold dinar from the early Islamic period, dating to 776-777.

Kafr Kana is an Arab town, in Galilee, part of the Northern District of Israel. It is associated with the New Testament village of Cana, where Jesus turned water into wine.
Finding ancient gold is extremely rare. One gold coin at this time was a huge amount of money. It was worth a hundred kilos of wheat. 4.5 dinar like these would buy a house in the village.

Excavations demonstrate the existence of early pre-Islamic villages in the area from the time of the Middle Bronze period 2000 BC as well as through Roman and Byzantine periods.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Ancient Indian artifacts find their way home from Australia

Three more ancient artifacts have been returned to India from Australia. Most of the pieces in Australia have been acquired from the New York gallery of smuggler Subhash Kapoor.

It is more than four years since Subhash Kapoor was arrested and extradited to India. As recently as July 4, the National Gallery of Australia was talking about returning two of its artefacts following fresh evidence of links to the 68-year-old, once accused of “having created a black-market Sotheby’s”.
A sandstone stele of Rishabhanata from the 10th century
The highlight of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to America were the return to India of over 200 stolen artifacts, many of them linked to Kapoor. In September 2014, then Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott returned a 900-year-old Shiva sculpture. In October 2015, German Chancellor Angela Merkel returned a 10th-century Durga idol stolen from Kashmir.

Over 30 years, Kapoor is believed to have traded in hundreds of antiques, including statues and paintings, now believed to be stolen. His gallery, Art of the Past, was located at the heart of Manhattan’s art circle.


Subhash Kapoor

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Monday, 17 October 2016

Ancient Gold coins top $3.4 million CNG auction


Gold oktadrachm of Antiochos III circa 222–187 BC, Seleukid Empire. Sold for $77,350 in VF
Classical Numismatic Group’s sale 103 produced top results. Their September auction hammered $2,826,186 on a pre-sale estimate of $1,992,300, for a clearance rate of 98.30 percent.
Gold Stater. Kroisos, c. 561-546 BC. $ 71,000
Gold aureus of Pertinax. He reigned as Emperor for just 86 days in 193 C.E. before being murdered by his Praetorian guard. EF $56,525. A very rare Qing dynasty pattern gold liang made $49,980.
A superb gold medal of Charles II struck for presentation to naval officers who distinguished themselves in the 1665 Battle of Lowestoft. No more than five examples are known. $ 50,000

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Ancient gold coins, gold plate, found in India

A total of 117 gold coins, a small gold plate and two silver anklets were found in an agricultural field in a village in Kadambur block in Sathyamangalam taluk in 2012.

The coins reportedly belong to the period of the Vijayanagara dynasty. A group of workers stumbled on a pot which contained the treasure when they were harvesting tapioca tuber in a field in Karaliyam, a village located inside the Kadambur forests.

The Vijayanagara empire was an Indian empire that existed from 1336 through 1660. It was founded by Harihara (Hakka) and his brother Bukka Raya.

The empire is named after its capital city Vijayanagara, now Hampi in modern Karnataka, India.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Inside the 2015 North Carolina $4.8M gold bar heist


16 months ago, a truck that was on its way to Massachusetts to deliver gold bars worth millions, was intercepted by three armed men near Wilson, North Carolina. Now the FBI has revealed how thieves used high-tech gizmos to make off with gold.

Agents identified the alleged ringleader as Adalberto Perez, 46. He was arrested in March at his home in the Miami suburb of Opa-Locka, Florida, almost exactly a year after the March 2015 robbery in Wilson County, North Carolina. Two accomplices remain at large. It appears the case was cracked when a friend of Perez came forward. According to an FBI affidavit unsealed in federal court, the friend said Perez spent about a year preparing for the heist.

Ringleader of the heist was Adalberto Perez
Perez used a GPS tracking device under the TransValue trailer in order to track its location and he also rigged a pepper-spray device inside the cab.

The truck's cab suddenly filled with pepper spray, launched by a remote control, forcing the drivers to pull over. The two security guards working for TransValue Inc of Miami were approached by three armed men who were driving a white van behind them. The men claimed they were police officers and then tied them up.

Then they put out orange traffic cones to make the stopped truck appear innocuous, and wore reflective clothing to appear as though they belonged on the roadside. The thieves then cut off trailer's locks, quickly unloaded 275 pounds of gold and about 40 silver coins into the van, and sped off, leaving numerous drums of silver behind.

Perez sold all of the gold he kept from the robbery, and used the money to buy three homes, three Nissan vehicles and a boat. He also had some gold fashioned into jewelry, some of it featuring religious icons, according to the FBI. After the informant came forward, investigators were able to use cellphone tower records to show that a phone linked to Perez traveled north through Florida along the same I-95 route as the truck that day.

Perez remained in jail without bail on federal robbery and firearms charges. The FBI said additional suspects are being sought, and a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction still stands. The FBI distributed sketches of two other robbers based on information from witnesses. Only a single gold bar was ever recovered, but prosecutors will seek to seize property and assets of those involved.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Nazi Gold Train - Treasure hunters undaunted

A handful of volunteers led by gold-diggers Andreas Richter and Piotr Koper began excavating along railroad tracks above the purported site of buried treasure from the dying days of the Third Reich. Richter and Koper electrified the public imagination last spring when they announced they’d discovered evidence of a treasure train.

That claim was rebuked by Polish geologists, who re-scanned the area with magnetic field detectors, thermal imaging cameras and radar, and found nothing suspicious. Richter and Koper hired contractors to conduct independent analyses of the site. According to a spokesperson for the excavation team, each of these companies detected curious anomalies.
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Forest workers are clearing trees and shrubs from a site in southwestern Poland under which two explorers claim there is a secret tunnel and a Nazi train, possibly containing armaments and precious minerals. Workers were removing vegetation from the indicated site, after military experts said it had to be cleared before they could inspect it.

The two explorers have previously identified themselves as Piotr Koper, a Pole, and German national Andreas Richter.

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Treasure hunters claim items were discovered around the site where the gold train is supposedly hidden - including this Nazi Eagle.
Gold fever has descended on southwestern Poland since a top culture official gave credence to the claim of two treasure hunters to have located a legendary Nazi train loaded with valuables in an abandoned mountain railroad tunnel.

Locals and foreigners have arrived by the scores in recent days with metal detectors to comb the forested area of the Owl Mountains in Lower Silesia where authorities said last week they had been shown ground-penetrating radar images of an armored train hidden in a tunnel.
The mountainous area around the castle city of Walbrzych was honeycombed with underground rail passages and bunkers during World War II, when it was part of Germany and the Nazis created Project Riese, or Giant, for suspected weapons development and supply depots for the war effort.
Poland's Deputy Minister of Culture, Piotr Zuchowski described the find as 'unprecedented', adding: 'We do not know what is inside the train. 'Probably military equipment but also possibly jewellery, works of art and archive documents. 'Armoured trains from this period were used to carry extremely valuable items and this is an armoured train, it is a big clue.'

It sparked a frenzy with treasure hunters as far away as Japan descending on the area. With a fear that there are still booby-traps in the area left by the Nazis and that people may be tempted to start digging for the so-called treasures themselves, authorities have now closed off the 4km site.

The train - which legend says disappeared in 1945 as the Nazis tried to get their stolen treasure to safety - is said to be buried underneath this hill in Poland
It is well-known that the Nazis built a network of railway lines under the mountains. In May 1945 gold and other valuables from the city of Wroclaw were being transported to Walbrzych when they disappeared between the towns of Lubiechow and Swiebodzice.

According to legend, the Nazis loaded all the valuables they had looted in Wroclaw - then called Breslau and part of Greater Germany - to escape the advancing Red Army.


The legend of the lost gold train holds the Soviets were about to overrun Breslau and that the train was forced to hole up in one of the Riese tunnels before reaching better secured German territory.

Some say there is more than one train, claiming three went into a tunnel one night, never to be seen again.