Unemployed treasure hunters unearth Saxon coins

Amateur treasure hunters have unearthed more than £1 million-worth of rare Anglo Saxon coins in a farmer's field.

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Amateur treasure hunter strikes gold

It was the find of a lifetime - a discovery that every metal detector enthusiast dreams of unearthing £1 million of ancient coins. Although Paul Coleman, from Southampton, nearly didn't make go on the trip because he wasn't sure he could afford the petrol to get there.

Richard Slee has this report.

£1m of Anglo Saxon coins discovered by unemployed treasure hunter

An unemployed treasure hunter thanked his lucky stars when he unearthed £1 million worth of Anglo Saxon coins in the field near Aylesbury.

The 5,251 silver coins are thought to be the biggest hoard of Anglo Saxon coins ever found.

We speak to Paul Coleman about the moment he came across the haul of ancient coins.

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Amateur treasure hunters unearth £1 million Saxon coins

Amateur treasure hunters have unearthed more than £1 million-worth of rare Anglo Saxon coins in a farmer's field.

The coins, which are over 1,000 years old, were stumbled upon by members of the Weekend Wanderers Detecting Club during a Christmas dig near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

A total of 5,251 silver Anglo Saxon coins were discovered buried in the ground Credit: SWNS

Over 100 people took part in the festive treasure hunt when the collection of more than 5,000 silver coins was found.

The perfectly-preserved coins, which feature the faces of Anglo Saxon kings, were stored in a lead bucket which was buried two feet underground.

The hoard was bagged up by members of the the Weekend Wanderers Detecting Club Credit: SWNS

Experts have said the rare coins could be worth more than £1 million, while club leader Pete Welch described the find as "very significant".

The coins will now be taken to the British Museum for conservation and identification before a coroner will decide whether they are legally treasure.

A museum will then be able to bid for the coins with the money from the sale being split between the land owner and the individual who made the discovery

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