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19-01-2015, 12:56 PM (This post was last modified: 19-01-2015 02:02 PM by yakherder.)
7th century treasure found
(Edit: Correction, these coins were 11th century. 7th century referred to a different major find also referenced in the article.)

Of specific note is one of the biggest hoards of ancient coins ever found in Britain.

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Quote:Metal detector enthusiasts in Buckinghamshire have uncovered what is thought to be one of biggest hoards of ancient coins ever found in Britain.

Paul Coleman from the Weekend Wanderers Detecting Club discovered more than 5,000 coins buried inside a lead bucket two feet under a field near Aylesbury.

The hoard contains specimens dating back to the 11th Century - the late Anglo Saxon, early Norman period.

The coins will now be examined by the British Museum.

Mr Coleman, from Southampton, was taking part in a dig in the Padbury area on 21 December when he found the 5,251 coins depicting the heads of kings Ethelred the Unready and Canute.

The heads of Ethelred the Unready and Canute can be seen on the coins

A spokesman for the national club said those on the dig had "agreed this was the most exciting day of their detecting lives".

"Without a doubt this is the best find ever made in the Weekend Wanderers Detecting Club's 25-year history," he said.
'Dream' find

Peter Welch, who was at the dig, said Mr Coleman had seen some fragments of lead, picked off the top one and saw the "layers of coins".

"He didn't touch them, he knew it was important," he said.

Mr Welch, who was immediately notified, said he was "shellshocked" when he realised "it was real".

"There was general silence and a sharp intake of breath of the people watching," he said.

"This is something you dream of witnessing, let along digging up.

"They looked almost uncirculated, like they were straight from a mint."

The old Buckingham mint would have been within a day's walking distance so a possible link with that will be explored, he said.

The coins have been taken to the British Museum and a coroner must now rule if they are "treasure" under the Treasure Act.

A museum could then buy them with the proceeds being split between the landowner and the finder.

The largest UK hoard of Anglo Saxon treasure was found in a field near Lichfield in Staffordshire in July 2009, by metal detector enthusiast Terry Herbert.

The 7th Century hoard of 1,600 items including sword pommels, helmet parts and processional crosses was valued at £3.285m.
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Anglo Saxons

Anglo-Saxon refers to settlers from the German regions of Angeln and Saxony who began attacking Roman Britain in AD410
The continental invaders were generally called "Saxons" by their neighbours. England is still called "Sasana" in Gaelic
By AD500, many had settled in England east of a line from the Humber to the Isle of Wight
The Anglo-Saxons had their own religious beliefs, but the arrival of Saint Augustine in AD597 converted most of the country to Christianity
The Anglo-Saxon period lasted about 600 years and ended in 1066 with the Norman Conquest

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19-01-2015, 01:57 PM
RE: 7th century treasure found
Very cool!

Just off of our island the 1733 Spanish treasure fleet foundered. I’ve dove on multiple ballast piles, all were salvaged by the Spanish and plundered in the intervening centuries BUT every now and then, especially after a storm, people with detectors will comb the shoreline and find the stray coin.


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19-01-2015, 02:29 PM
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There is a US warplane that lies somewhere on the mountain where my parents lived.

Neither it or it`s crew have been found yet.

All that is known is that the local authorities executed a man via fireing squad who went up and cut off the fingers of the dead pilots to steal their wedding rings.

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