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Campaigners aiming to buy a hoard of treasure unearthed in Northumberland are appealing for the public to help raise a final £3,000.

Builder Richard Mason found a pottery jug on the island of Lindisfarne in 2003, but it was not until 2011 that he found the jug contained 17 rare coins.

After being declared as treasure, Newcastle’s Society of Antiquaries campaigned to keep it in the region.

The society said a final £3,000 is now needed to reach the £30,900 target.

The campaign currently has £26,000 thanks to donations from the V& A Purchase Grant fund and the Headley Museums Archaeological Acquisitions Scheme. Read more.

A total of sixty-one Mughal-era silver coins with Arabic inscriptions imprinted on them have been found from an earthen pot near the bank of river Ganga in Cantonment area in Kanpur.

The coins were found last evening when a few kids had gone to the river Ganga’s wharf in Cantonment area to take bath where they found an earthen pot filled with shining coins in it, police said.

Ram Kishan Das, a priest at the wharf, after knowing the incident, informed police and Army officials which then took the relics under its authority and has informed Archaeological Survey of India about the coins, Major CP Bhadola said. Read more.

A hoard of nearly 18,000 silver Roman coins is to be taken on tour to help people see the “amazing” find, Bath and North East Somerset Council has said.

The Beau Street Hoard was unearthed by archaeologists in Bath in 2007 and is thought to be the fifth largest find of its kind in the UK.

Now, the coins - some of which date back as far as 32BC - will be touring the region this autumn.

Venues in Combe Hay, Weston-super-Mare, Southstoke and Priston will be visited.

Liberal Democrat councillor Ben Stevens, cabinet member for sustainable development, said: “This amazing Roman find is something [we are] keen to make sure as many people as possible can learn from and enjoy. Read more.

More than 2,900 gold coins and 45 gold ingots have been recovered from the shipwrecked S.S. Central America since an archaeological excavation began in mid-April, Odyssey Marine Exploration, the company contracted to dive to the site, revealed on a report published Tuesday.

Other 19th century artifacts recovered include luggage pieces, a pistol, a pocket watch, and several daguerreotypes, an early type of photography. Several samples of coral and sea anemones have also been collected through a science program which is studying deep sea biological diversity.

Pine and oak specimens placed on the seabed in 1990 and 1991, during the last known dives to the shipwreck site, are being retrieved so that scientists can study the “shipworms” consuming and destroying the ship’s timbers. Read more.

While conducting an excavation near Brest in northwestern France, before the construction of a road, a number of finds were uncovered including a rare early 14th century hoard that speaks of the turbulent times of the Hundred Years Wars.

The archaeologists from INRAP (the French archaeological agency), located a craft area with work spaces and a series of buildings of the 12th-14th centuries that covered 7000 square metres. It was one of these buildings that delivered the unexpected monetary deposit of nearly 130 French and English coins from the early fourteenth century.

Archaeologists unearthed the remains of masonry along the route corresponding to three buildings dated to between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries. Read more.

A Late Second Temple Period Jewish settlement with a trove of rare bronze coins inside one of its houses has been discovered in Israel.

The 114 bronze coins, which were found inside a ceramic money box and hidden in the corner of a room, date to the fourth year of the Great Revolt of the Jews against the Romans — an uprising that destroyed the Temple on Tisha B’Av about 2,000 years ago, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) reported today (Aug. 5).

"The hoard, which appears to have been buried several months prior to the fall of Jerusalem, provides us with a glimpse into the lives of Jews living on the outskirts of Jerusalem at the end of the rebellion," Pablo Betzer and Eyal Marco, excavation directors on behalf of the IAA, said in a statement. Read more.

A member of the public looking in a Derbyshire cave has led experts to the first ever discovery of Late Iron Age and Republic Roman Coins buried together in Britain, described by archaeologists as akin to a modern savings account held in a sacred space known only by well-off tribespeople.

A powerful member of the Corieltavi – who ruled the East Midlands during the 1st century, demonstrating prolific coin-making capabilities – is thought to have left his money within Reynard’s Kitchen Cave, where four initial coins grew to an impressive hoard during a full excavation by the National Trust.

“In total we found 26 coins, including three Roman coins which pre-date the invasion of Britain in AD 43,” says Rachael Hall, of the Trust, who believes their location adds to the mystery. Read more.

Following comprehensive investigations carried out by the Tourism and Antiquities Police, members of a gang specialising in illegal excavation work and the looting of antiquities have been caught red-handed.

The gang leader was arrested in his home in Giza’s Abu Sir village, where a collection of 17 authentic Islamic coins, 12 Ancient Egyptian ushabti figurines and a replica statue were found hidden inside an oven.

According to the police report, this collection emerged from illegal excavations carried out by the gang members and a number of villagers in a remote archaeological area in Abu Sir. (source)