Tuesday, June 28, 2005


Police warn of 'dangerous treasure hunt' off coast


The Scotsman
By Sarah Bruce
June 27, 2005

POLICE have warned people not to endanger their lives treasure-hunting after ancient coins and gold were found off the Scottish coast.

Four divers from Glasgow made the discovery earlier this month while exploring two wooden wrecks.

They took ashore samples of gold and coins they had found on the floor of a cave in a sea cliff, believed to be in the Cullykhan bay area, near the Local Hero village of Pennan.

Among the sample of goodies they took ashore were bottles of irregularly shaped granules of 23-carat gold and a box of coins.

A spokesman for Grampian Police said: "Given the dangers of reaching some parts of that coastline from land and sea, we'd advise people not to rush out there."

The bronze coins are badly corroded, but some have markings of an emperor-like figure and a Saltire.


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