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Nice summer finds made with Mars Discovery. Scythian gold!

The combination of a dual-frequency Mars Discovery coil and Minelab X-Terra 505 metal detector helped to achieve a truly excellent result. A metaldetectorist KASPER_$ was lucky to find the following things:

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The most surprising golden artifact was made in a special manner, in a so-called “animal style” which was distinctive for the Scythian art.

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To this steppe people gold symbolized wealth, fire, the sun, royal power and, most importantly, eternal life. Scythian craftsmen, tending to cover the maximum of human body with gold, developed a special handicraft technology of making gold foil and minting original images on such golden plates.

A Kievan Rus belt elements (XI – XIII centuries).


A 4 kopeck coin dated 1762.

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The coin is quite rare, it was minted during the Seven Years’ War, so it has images of guns and other warfare attributes. 4 kopecks were recoined out of copper 2-kopeck coins (so called “dvuhgroshevik”). They were put into circulation but were subsequently withdrawn and recoined back to 2-kopeck coins.



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