Wednesday, July 21, 2010

52,000 Roman coins discovered in England

Monday, July 12, 2010 6:10:48 AM by Aishwarya Bhatt

Somerset, July 12 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Over 52,000 Roman coins worth about $1 million have been discovered by an amateur treasure hunter. He found the coins buried at a field using a metal detector.

The treasure hunter - Dave Crisp, accidentally found the coins in a field near Somerset in England. Dave was searching for “metal objects” at the field with his metal detector, when he chanced upon the coins.

Dave initially discovered only 21 coins, but he felt that there might be more. He got the help of archaeologists and they later found more coins after the excavation. The huge cache contains 766 coins that bear the image of Marcus Aurelius Carausius, who was Roman general who ruled Britain between AD 286 to AD 293. He is regarded as the first Roman emperor to make coins in Britain.

After the excavation, the coins were transferred to the renowned British Museum in London for cleaning and recording. According to the museum officials, the coins date between AD 253 and AD 293. Most of the coins are made of debased silver and bronze.

Museum officials called the find as the biggest in a single shot in UK and the second largest ever find of Roman coins.

Dave said that he would split the value of the coins into two, and share it with farmer in whose field he found the coins.

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