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Man finds huge haul of Roman coins in a field

Posted on Sunday, 1 October, 2017 | Comment icon 9 comments

The coins date back over 2,000 years. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Portable Antiquities Scheme
Thought to be worth more than $250,000, the once-in-a-lifetime discovery was made using a metal detector.
Amateur historian and metal detector enthusiast Mike Smale had been investigating a farmer's field in Bridport, England, with his colleagues from the Southern Detectorists club when he came across a hoard of 600 rare denarii buried just beneath the surface.

The coins, which date back to the time when Roman general Mark Antony was still in an alliance with his Egyptian lover Queen Cleopatra, are extremely rare and worth up to $1,000 each.

"It was incredible, a true once-in-a-lifetime find," said Smale. "I had a good idea about what it was - I had already found one or two Roman denarii that morning. When I found it everyone came over to have a look and find out what it was."

It is believed that the coins had originally been contained within some sort of ceramic vessel.

"I've never seen a hoard of this size before," said fellow metal detector enthusiast Sean MacDonald. "We found one in Somerset last year but there were just 180, and they weren't of the same calibre. "

"The archaeologists excavating it couldn't believe what they were seeing because these coins are so rare. I personally think a find of this size and variety will never be found again."

Source: Plymouth Herald | Comments (9)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by MisterMan on 1 October, 2017, 16:19
Was Lance Stater there too?
Comment icon #2 Posted by seanjo on 2 October, 2017, 6:55
That settles it, I'm getting a metal detector...
Comment icon #3 Posted by seeder on 2 October, 2017, 14:32
  I actually went and got one after reading similar stories a few years back....go for it!!
Comment icon #4 Posted by seanjo on 2 October, 2017, 15:53
Found anything of interest?  
Comment icon #5 Posted by paperdyer on 2 October, 2017, 15:55
Is there any idea of what was there at one time?  A Roman bank?  Some wealthy person.  The Roman mint?  I hope care is taken in cleaning the coins, which is usually a coin collector's no-no.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Lobotomy on 4 October, 2017, 13:16
Just so you know if you find any Roman coins or other items in the ground, it automatically belongs to the Crown.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Black Monk on 7 October, 2017, 10:13
No, it doesn't. The only areas where any treasure found would belong to the Crown are between low and high water marks on beaches.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Lobotomy on 8 October, 2017, 8:21
And where can this "between low and high water marks on beaches" be found under the Treasure Act exactly? It specifically states:  "When treasure is found, it vests, subject to prior interests and rights— (a)in the franchisee, if there is one; (b)otherwise, in the Crown." and goes on to explain:  "Meaning of “franchisee”. (1)The franchisee for any treasure is the person who— (a)was, immediately before the commencement of section 4, or (b)apart from this Act, as successor in title, would have been, the franchisee of the Crown in right of treasure trove for the place where the treasure was found... [More]
Comment icon #9 Posted by Black Monk on 8 October, 2017, 11:15
So if my metal detector detects something, and I dig it up and it turns out to be an old ring-pull, it'll automatically belong to the Crown?

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