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

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Paul Coleman: “If you look at the two kings that we know are in the hoard anyway, Canute and Ethelred II, they very rarely drop below £200 per coin”

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The 11th Century coins had been left in a “sealed” lead container

A coroner will now decide if the hoard is "treasure"

A coroner will now decide if the hoard is “treasure”

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.

Full article at BBC.

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