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More than 5,000 ancient coins discovered in field near Aylesbury

| January 2, 2015

More than 5,000 ancient coins were found buried in a field in the Padbury area, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire on Wednesday 21st December 2014.

The coins were found by metal detector enthusiast Paul Coleman from Southampton who was taking part in a dig organised by the Weekend Wanderers Detecting Club. They were buried two feet under the ground inside a lead bucket.

The hoard, which will now be examined by the British Museum, contains specimens dating back to the 11th Century, the late Anglo Saxon, early Norman period and is thought to be one of biggest hoards of ancient coins ever found in Britain.

Among the 5,251 coins are coins depicting the heads of kings Ethelred the Unready and Canute.

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