Metal Detectorist Finds Hoard of 1,000-year-old Coins Worth $60,000

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Metal Detectorist Finds Hoard of 1,000-year-old Coins Worth $60,000


Metal detector enthusiast Don Crawley's special attachment to the number nine proved to be a powerful connection after finding 99 coins believed to be a thousand years old.

The 50-year-old metal detectorist found the coins, estimated to be worth about $60,000, during his first visit to a farmer's land in Suffolk east of England. Fox News reports the treasure trove of silver coins included 81 pennies and 18 halfpennies.

"It was my first visit to this farmer’s land in Suffolk," he said, as per a Dix Noonan Web auctions press release.

"After walking up an incline in the field, my Deus detector gave off a strong signal and within a short space of time I had recovered over 93 coins."


Photo Credit: DNW auction


Crawley also found six more coins after the Finds Liason Office was summoned to examine the site, which was an ancient Saxon church. The metal detectorist added that it was the first time he came upon a find like this in his 30 years of being a metal detector enthusiast.

According to DNW, there are two types of coins—a CRUX type and a Long Cross type—which means the finds were buried between 997 and 1003 A.D.

"It is, therefore, possible this hoard could have been buried in AD 999 as penitence when the new millennium raised fears of a judgment day," the auction said in the release.

The hoard was taken to the British Museum, where the coins were identified as silver pennies from the time of King Aethelred II, who ruled the country from 978 to 1016.


Photo Credit: DNW auction


"Aethelred is renowned in history as the Unrede or 'unready' because of the weakness of his government," DNW added in the statement, which Fox News obtained. "Viking raids of increasing magnitude forced the King to pay tribute as Danegeld  to try to stop them attacking, but to no avail."

The coins, which were estimated to value between $37,000 to $61,000, will be sold at auction in December.




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