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Treasure hunter finds 52,500 Roman coins in England

Treasure hunter in England finds 52,500 Roman coins

A treasure hunter has found about 52,500 Roman coins, one of the largest such discoveries ever in Britain, officials said Thursday. The hoard, which was valued at $5 million, includes hundreds of coins bearing the image of Marcus Aurelius Carausius, who seized power in Britain and northern France in the late third century and proclaimed himself emperor. Dave Crisp, a treasure hunter using a metal detector, located the coins in April in a field in southwestern England, according to the Somerset County Council and the Portable Antiquities Scheme. The coins were buried in a large jar about a foot deep and weighed about 350 pounds in all. Crisp told the BBC that a "funny signal" from his metal detector prompted him to start digging.

Treasure hunter finds 52,500 Roman coins in England 07/08/10 [Last modified: Thursday, July 8, 2010 9:56pm]
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