A massive treasure of 5,600 historical coins buried under a construction site has been discovered.
The coins, made of copper and silver and dated between 1882 and 1940, were found by a former employee of Nexus in Toowoomba, Queenland in October 2016.
After an investigation by the Department of Environment and Science (DES), the search engine was ordered to pay $ 1,828 for not reporting the discovery.
A massive treasure of 5,600 historical coins (in the image) buried under a construction site has been discovered
The coins, made of copper and silver and dated between 1882 and 1940, were found by a former Nexus employee at a construction site (pictured)
Among the coins was a 1927 silver florin, used in Australia before the change to the decimal currency system in 1966.
"While the financial value of the coins is unknown, the historical value and importance is high," a department spokesman told Daily Mail Australia.
"Under the Queensland Heritage Act of 1992, a person who discovers an archaeological artefact … must notify the Department of Environment and Science as soon as possible after making the discovery."
"The department's investigation concluded that the company involved complied with the Law.
Among the coins was a 1927 silver florin (in the photo, left, right), used in Australia before the change to the decimal currency system in 1966.
"However, an individual, who was an employee of the company at the time of the offense, received a Notice of infraction of sanction in the amount of $ 1,828 for not complying with the Law."
Coin expert Jim Noble, of Noble Numismatics, said the florins were worth about $ 5 each for their silver content.
"These coins are very worn and circulated for 20 years, archeologically it's not important, it's probably a private treasure hidden in the ground," Mr. Noble said.
WHAT IS AN AUSTRALIAN FLORIN OF 1927?
– Used before the decimation in 1966
– 92.5 percent sterling silver
– 7.5 percent copper
– King George V on one side
– 1908 Australian Coat of Arms on the other side with the words & # 39; Advance Australia & # 39;
– The florin was worth 20 cents immediately after decimation
Nexus was the contractor in charge of excavating the site for the Second Crossing of Toowoomba Range.
The Department of Transportation and Main Roads (TMR), which worked with Nexus, DES and archaeological experts to evaluate the discovery, said the exact location of the find would not be disclosed.
"The discovery is arguably the biggest coin discovery in Australia," a spokesman told Daily Mail Australia.
& # 39; The specific location will remain confidential due to the potential risk of illegal trespassing on the site.
TMR, Nexus and the Queensland Museum are now deciding a long-term location for the coins.
Nexus was the contractor in charge of the excavation of the site (pictured) for the Second Crossing of Toowoomba Range.