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Friday, February 5, 2010

Treasure Hunter Found Iron Age Gold Coins

A treasure hunter has found modern Britain's biggest haul of prehistoric gold coins - using a metal detector.

The collection of 824 gold staters was found in a broken pottery jar buried in a field near Wickham Market, Suffolk.

Jude Plouviez, of the Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service, said the coins dated from 40BC to AD15.

Their value when in circulation had been estimated at a modern equivalent of between £500,000 and £1million.

This is the largest collection of gold coins from that period ever found in modern Britain.

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