One of the largest ever finds of Roman coins in Britain has been made by a man using a metal detector.
About 53,000 coins were found buried in a field in SomersetA hoard of more than 52,500 Roman coins discovered in a Somerset field has been declared treasure.
Dave Crisp, from Wiltshire, found the coins – dating from the 3rd Century AD – in April buried near Frome.
“I’ve been metal detecting since 1988 and it’s the most exciting and important find I’ve made,” he said.
A British Museum spokesman said the 160kg find was the largest single coin haul found in one pot and was probably intended as a religious offering.
Most of the coins, which are made from debased silver or bronze, are currently at the British Museum in London and includes examples from AD286 to 293 during the reign of Carausius who was the first Roman emperor to strike coins in Britain.
A small selection has gone on display at Frome Library.
Mr Crisp had earlier found a hoard of 60 silver coins in the same field before he discovered the larger pot of coins.
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