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.