A 30 year search for buried treasure by two amateur metal detectives has been rewarded with a one ton hoard of silver coins, found buried under a hedge on Jersey.
For most people, lost treasure is limited to finding a forgotten £20 note in the drawer of an antique cabinet, but amateur metal detectors Reg Mead and Richard Miles got an altogether more exciting find when, after diligently searching the same area of the Channel island of Jersey for three decades, they unearthed a hoard of Celtic coins weighing around three quarters of a ton. The search began 30 years ago after the friends heard rumours of silver coins being found on the farmer’s land, but it wasn’t until 2012 that they struck gold – or rather silver.
Having unearthed a small hoard of 120 coins in February, a further search with a special “Deepseeker” metal detector revealed a bundle of between 30,000 and 50,000 silver stater and quarter stater coins, buried 3ft under a farmer’s hedge. Worth around £200 each, the coins have been dated to around 50 BC and are of Armorican origin (part of modern day France.) It is believed they were buried by Celts who fled to the island ahead of the Roman armies storming across France at the time.
Search an antique desk in Cumbria and you may well find a few ancient coins – this was the area where the fabulous Crosby Garrett Roman helmet, which in 2010 was sold for £2.3m, was found. If you need an antique cabinet for your own coin collection, you will find plenty of choice among the antique dealers of Lancashire.
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