This man took the phrase “beginner’s luck” to a whole new level!
Back in 2012 Wesley Carrington, an average man from St. Albans, Hertfordshire, UK, bought the cheapest metal detector he could find at a local store. Shortly after he bought his Garrett Ace 150 he headed to woodland just outside his city to try out his new possession. He was searching for about 20 minutes when the detector started beeping. At first Wesley found only a spoon and half a penny coin, but then the detector started beeping again. There was something else beneath the ground he was walking over. As he started digging, he came across old gold coins with Roman figures on them. Wesley found a total of 55 coins before it went dark and he headed back home.
As it turned out, he had found 55 “solidi” – old Roman gold coins, which dated back over 1,600 years. The 55 coins were estimated to be worth £100,000 – more than $157,000 in USD.