An Unusual Way to Get Rich

I’m not sure about you, but I regularly get emails from people all over the world telling me that I have millions of dollars just waiting to be collected. It’s amazing that these people have managed to track me down and that they are interested in sending me all this money that I didn’t even know was mine. And all they need from me is a small retainer fee of a few thousand dollars and I get to keep the lot – amazing!

OK, so you didn’t buy it either hey? I guess I’m just not that lucky after all…

In all seriousness though, when most people think about how they will ever get rich, they normally think they have to either win the lottery, or be the beneficiary of a long lost relative who has left their entire estate to you.

Let’s face it, neither of those scenarios is likely. Most people have to work for their money and even then the chances of striking it rich are remote at best. So when I read this article the other day about a bloke in Nottinghamshire who found an extremely rare coin while out metal detecting, I was intrigued.

It turns out that the coin which was minted in 1652 is potentially worth a cool $1.7million. Yep, you read that right. Now metal detecting isn’t something that I’ve ever considered getting into, but it seems that it is one of the few hobbies that has the potential to change your fortunes in an instant.

Now I suspect that this type of find doesn’t happen all the time, otherwise there would be a massive rush on people out treasure hunting, but I did decide to look into it in more detail.

I discovered that there are actually heaps of different metal detectors available (it’s like a whole other world), plus, some of these big finds actually happen more regularly than you might think.

I read about this guy, who ended up finding a giant gold nugget worth about $300,000 and then another article about a Californian couple that found a huge haul of gold coins worth up to $10 million! What really gets me is that all these finds have been in the last year.

I have to wonder if these people are just incredibly lucky, or if the odds of finding one of these big hauls is similar or better than things like the Lotto / a legitimate Nigerian email?

Anyway, I thought this might be something a bit different for people to consider before they race off and buy their next lotto ticket, or start a new hobby that might not pay so well.

8 thoughts on “An Unusual Way to Get Rich”

  1. I always thought the odds of these finds were like hitting the lotto and they probably are, but you might be able to find a gold earring here or there and be able to offset the cost of the metal detector. After that, anything you find is extra money in your pocket. I’ve never tried it myself, but it is a hobby that can make you a little extra cash and you might hit it big one day. It’s kind of like going to garage sales, but lonelier.

  2. I had watched an interview before, one man became a millionaire when he won a jackpot. They travelled a lot, went to a casino and live a very luxurious life! But after a few years, they realized that they don’t have enough money left! It was too late that they should invest their money.

  3. It is interesting how all the rare exceptions always get the attention but the millions of people that worked hard for a lifetime get little attention on making their millions. Probably because those people want to keep their life private and quiet just like the way they made their money. They don’t need the attention. If people spent more time working on a life time plan we would have less debt and more wealth, but many folks are still chasing the elusive “get rich quick!”

  4. I’m off to prospect for gold! Haha. Wish it was that easy. If it was everyone in California would be reach and the gold market would be too saturated, then the prices would fall, and we’d be back to square one. Guess I’ll stick with the old steady way of saving money.


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