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Anglo Saxon coins found in Buckinghamshire worth more than £1m

The Anglo Saxon coins were found in a field at Lenborough near Bicester Credit: ITV Meridian

A Hampshire man who found a haul of Anglo Saxon coins with a metal detector in Buckinghamshire will receive a share of £1.3 million.

Paul Coleman discovered more than 5000 ancient coins in a field at Lenborough two years ago.

The Treasure Valuation committee have now announced how much they think the haul's worth.

The money will be split between Mr Coleman and the landowner.

ITV Meridian spoke to Paul Coleman about his find.

Unique Anglo Saxon coin sold for £78,000 at auction

The unique Anglo Saxon coin fetched £78,000 at auction today Credit: Dix Noonan Webb

An unique Anglo Saxon coin that was found by a Sussex man has sold for £78,000 in auction.

The silver penny was estimated to sell for around £15,000 to £20,000.

A spokesperson for Dix Noonan Webb, the international coins and medals specialists, said, "There was fierce bidding for this unique coin. The price paid shows that the worldwide market for important pieces like this coin is extremely strong."

Darrin Simpson, the 48-year-old metal detectorist from Eastbourne in Sussex said, "It's fantastic, an amazing result. I am really quite shocked."

He will give half the money to the Sussex farmer who owns the field where the coin was found and another quarter to the three friends who were detecting with him when he made the discovery in March earlier this year.


Historic coins sold at auction

A collection of more than 200 Roman, late Roman, British and world coins, passed down through a Sussex family, has sold for just under £30,000 at auction. The coins were passed down through the generations of a Sussex family for more than a century after being originally bought as an investment.

Historic coins were sold at auction for £30,000 Credit: ITV Meridian

They were sold by Bellmans Auctioneers in Wisborough Green, West Sussex, withRoman solidi and Islamic gold coins forming a large part of the collection. Other highlights included a gold no. 5 Victoria coin, dated 1887 and depicting theJubilee head and with St George on the reverse.

An auction house spokeswoman said the coins were bought by a combination of buyers in the sale room, on the telephone and online, with just two failing to sell.