Man With Metal Detector Uncovers Major Roman Coin Treasure
July 8, 2010
According to the BBC, David Crisp was a frequent treasure hunter, who had found several things over the years. But he never expected a find of such magnitude.
After getting the signal from his detector, he dug down 14 inches to see what he had found. He was amazed by what it was that he saw.
“I put my hand in, pulled out a bit of clay and there was a little Radial, a little bronze Roman coin. Very, very small, about the size of my fingernail.”
He immediately contacted archeologists at the British Museum, who were able to excavate an 18 inch clay pot that had once contained the huge amount of coins. The estimated weight, had it been fully intact, would have been approximately 350 pounds.
Researchers believe they were meant as a community offering to the gods, rather than meant for any hoarding purpose by a single citizen.
The Somerset Country Heritage Office is now waiting to find if the coins will be named as a treasure. If so, they will be bought at market value and given to the museum, with a reward split between Crisp, and the owner of the land they were found on.