First-time Berkhamsted metal-detector finds one of UK’s largest Roman coin hoards, worth £100,000

A first-time treasure hunter is behind one of the largest Roman gold coin hoards ever discovered in the UK — thought to be worth £100,000.

National newspapers reported on Wednesday that the man, from Berkhamsted, had been sold a beginner’s metal detector from the town’s High Street-based Hidden History for £135.

He is reported to have gone back with 40 of the solidi coins, dating to the last days of Roman rule in Britain, and asked: “What do I do with this?”

Shop owners David Sewell and Mark Becher reported the find, and then joined a search party on the private land where the coins had been discovered.

The group found 119 more coins on the site to the north of St Albans. The last assignment of these coins to reach Britain arrived in AD 408 — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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