Luke Mahoney, 40, who has been travelling all over the world in search of precious metals for the last ten years, discovered “the biggest hoard” of his life. He discovered 1061 silver coins worth £100,000 in the field behind his local pub in Lindsey, Suffolk.
The lucky detectorist has been living in Lindsey, in Suffolk with his wife and three children for five years. He owns a metals’ detector shop, Joan Allen Electrics. On a Sunday, Luke along with his friends Dan Hunt and Matt Brown were searching in the 15-acre filed behind Lindsey Rose pub. They had taken permission to search, from the field owners Charlie Buckle, 26 and his dad James.
Luke and his friends went into the field at around 10 AM. After searching for some time, they found a beautiful gold coin and a little sixpence. Luke was overjoyed and called Charlie, told him that they had found a special thing in his field. He convinced Charlie to come and take a look. After the lunch break at pub, they continued their search and Luke instantly hit a signal and found a Chares I coin. Then he kept getting the signals continuously. After digging for 10 minutes, he got massive signals everywhere. It was pandemonium.
They dug the area and saw the pot. Luke said: “The feeling of scrapping the dirt away and seeing the coins is indescribable”. The land had been recently cropped and a plough broke that pot of coins which was two feet beneath the ground. He found 1061 coins. Luke immediately called the local ‘Finds liaison officer’ and a coroner to inform them about his discovery. After talking to some experts and historians, the most popular theory was that the coins would have been buried by a wealthy landowner during English Civil War.
All the coins dated somewhere from 15th century to 17th century. The oldest coin was Elizabeth I era shilling dated 1573-78 and there were many Charles I half crown dated 1641-43. Valuation expert, Nigel Mills confirmed that they were worth at least £100,000.
After the discovery, Luke and his friends kept an eye for rival nighthawks for three days and nights. They stayed up for three days straight because they were anxious that someone might try to sneak in and take the hoard. After some days, they discovered someone had snuck in but in vain. The nighthawks didn’t find anything because they were not using the same metal detector as Luke. Luke had used Minelab Equinox 800. Luke credited his success to the special detector because it can detect even a bit of metal in the ground.
When Michelle Meyers, the vice-president of global marketing and his team from Minelab found out that Luke discovered the silver coins using their detector, they were thrilled. They assisted Luke to access the authorities in the UK. Michelle said that becoming a metal detectorist is simple and rewarding but one must follow the rules of their own country. In the UK that means follow the Treasure act 1996 and reporting all the findings.
This is not it for Luke and he is looking for his next big hoard. He recommends people to take up beloved hobby and said, “If you think you have a bit of Indiana Jones in you- you should do it.”