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Final coins to removed from Celtic hoard

The final pieces of treasure will be removed from Jersey's ancient coin hoard today.

The discovery in 2012 was the largest trove of Celtic coins ever found.

The cluster of Roman and Iron Age coins had lain hidden for up to 2,000 years.

Archaeologists have since been working to pick it apart to uncover its treasures.

Today, after nearly three years and 70,000 coins the conservation team will be separating the very last few pieces this afternoon.

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Excavation into Jersey's coin hoard reaches final stages

Excavation into Jersey's ancient coin hoard is reaching its final stages.

The treasure was discovered in a field in Jersey nearly five years ago.

A cluster of Roman and Iron Age coins had lain hidden for up to 2,000 years.

Archaeologists and conservation experts have been working hard to pick apart the hoard, making many unexpected discoveries along the way.

Brian Constantine reports....

Archaeologists turn to biscuit tin lid to help their excavation....

It's not quite what you'd call state of the art technology but archaeologists in Jersey have released footage showing how they've used a biscuit tin lid to remove a purse from the iron age coin horde.

The purse was found in April as part of the Grouville Hoard, a trove of Celtic coins found in Jersey.

Rare purse found in Celtic coin hoard

The purse

What is believed to be a leather purse has been uncovered in the Grouville Hoard, a trove of Celtic coins found in Jersey.

Experts say it is about 80x40x40mm and is attached to two copper alloy rings, which may be a fitting for wearing it on a belt.

They reckon there's about 20 coins inside the purse and are keen to extract them.

So far it’s the first actual container of coins found inside the hoard.

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