A treasure hunter armed with a metal detector has found 52,500 Roman coins, one of the largest finds of Roman coins in Britain.
The hoard, which is valued at £3.3million, dates from the third century AD was found buried in a field near Frome in Somerset.
The coins were in a huge jar just over a foot below the surface and were located by Dave Crisp, 63, from Devizes in Wiltshire.
Archaeologists believe the hoard, which sheds light on the economic crisis and coalition government in the 3rd century under Emperor Carausius, will rewrite the history books.
He told how his detector gave a 'funny signal', prompting him to dig down through the soil.
'I put my hand in, pulled out a bit of clay and there was a little Radial, a little bronze Roman coin,' Mr Crisp told the BBC.
'Very, very small, about the size of my fingernail.'
He added: 'I have made many finds over the years, but this is my first major coin hoard.'
It is thought the £250,000 find - known as the Frome Haul - represents the biggest single haul ever unearthed in Britain.
The hoard is one of the largest ever found in Britain, and will reveal more about the nation's history in the third century, said Roger Bland, of the British Museum.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Treasure hunter unearths Britain's largest ever hoard of Roman coins.
Ancient coins are awesome. From Daily Mail: