Be­gin­ner coins in Ro­man gold

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A NOVICE trea­sure hunter who bought a ba­sic metal de­tec­tor re­turned to the shop in shock weeks later, clutch­ing part of Bri­tain’s finest-ever hoard of Ro­man gold coins.

The man showed stunned staff 40 ‘So­lidi’ and asked them, “What do I do with these?”

They con­tacted lo­cal ex­perts and to­gether got the per­mits they needed, headed back to the scene and pulled up an­other 119 gleam­ing pieces, which could be worth more £100,000.

David Sewell, of Hid­den His­tory in Berkham­sted, Herts, said: “We sold him an en­try-level ma­chine and he went off and found one of the largest hoards of Late Ro­man gold coins.”

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