Retired gardener Eric Lawes was scanning a field in Suffolk, England, where his friend had lost a hammer. Instead of a hammer, he discovered the largest cache of Roman gold found anywhere in Britain. He reported his finds to the local authorities, and they organized a proper excavation of the treasure. They unearthed more than 14,000 items, including coins, rings, bracelets, magnificent silver objects, and other valuable things.
In November 1993, the Roman findings were valued at £1.75 million (that’s £2.66 million or $4.3 million today), which was paid to Eric Lawes as the finder of the treasure. Today the most valued and beautiful items discovered in the field are on display in the British Museum...as well as the hammer Eric Lawes was looking for.