Man with Metal Detector Finds $1 Million in Roman Coins

Dave Crisp, using only a metal detector, found a hoard of more than 52,000 Roman coins in Frome, UK. They were sealed inside a pot about 30 cm underground:

Somerset County Council archaeologists excavated the pot -- a type of container normally used for storing food -- it weighed 160kg (350 pounds) and contained 52,500 coins.

The hoard was transferred to the British Museum in London where the coins were cleaned and recorded.

The coins date from AD 253 to 293 and most of them are made of debased silver or bronze.

You can view a photo gallery of the treasure trove at the link.

Link via Gizmodo | Photo: CNN

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I live in Canada on the north shore of Lake Ontario. I just started using my metal detector on the beach down the road and have found $.89 in coins in two days. I was thrilled just to find something. It is a hobby not a living. It is a wonder whomever found these coins did not have a heart attack with excitement. I am still happy with my finds.
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Because Splint Chesthair everyone knows that all kids who save their money in ceramic piggy banks have no intention whatsoever to ever take it out again.

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