Buried treasure of over 50,000 Roman coins discovered, worth $1M

Roman coins found in british fieldArmed with a metal detector, an amateur treasure hunter has found a buried cache in England of more than 52,500 Roman coins worth $1 million.

Dave Crisp found the buried treasure in April in a field near Frome, Somerset in southwestern England. The coins were stashed in a Roman pot usually used for storing food.

The stash contains 766 coins with the image of roman general Marcus Aurelis Carausius, who ruled Britain from 286 A.D. to 293 A.D., the British Museum told CNN. The buried coins date from 253 A.D. to 293 A.D. and most are debased silver or bronze -- the total stash weighs 350 pounds.

An inquiry later this month will determine if the coins are considered "treasure." If so, then Crisp would have to split the bounty with the farmer who owns the field. The British Museum has spent the last four months cleaning and classifying the buried treasure, which was announced last week. Museum coin expert Roger Bland theorizes that the coins could have been a community's savings -- possibly an offering to the gods.

"No one individual could possibly have carried them to the field in the pot, it must have been buried first and then filled up," he told the Guardian.
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