The heads of Ethelred the Unready and Canute are visible on the coins
This is one of those news stories where I feel very jealous indeed! A group of Metal detector enthusiasts have found one of the biggest ever hoards of ancient coins in Britain. The coins date back to the 11th Century (late Anglo Saxon, early Norman period)
The “Weekend Wanderers Detecting Club” found a staggering 5,000 coins buried inside a lead bucket in a field near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. The lucky chap who actually discovered the coins, Paul Coleman, could end up with over $1 million dollars if the find is classed as “treasure” and sold.
How the coins were found in the ground
A coroner must now rule if they are “treasure” under the Treasure Act. Then a museum could then buy them with the proceeds being split between the landowner and the finder.
A spokesman for the national club said those on the dig had “agreed this was the most exciting day of their detecting lives”. “Without a doubt this is the best find ever made in the Weekend Wanderers Detecting Club’s 25-year history,” he said.
The BBC reports that Peter Welch, who was at the dig, said Mr Coleman had seen some fragments of lead, picked off the top one and saw the “layers of coins”. “He didn’t touch them, he knew it was important,” he said.
Just some of the coins ready to be cleaned