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Monday, 5 April 2010

Treasure hunter nets £30,000 for pendant

A metal-detecting enthusiast, Peter Beasley, has received £30,000 for a Roman gold pendant unearthed in Hampshire.

The pendant is a bust of the Roman emperor wearing a laurel wreath and dates back to the first Century AD.

Mr Beasley, 68, used a metal detector to uncover the thumb-size piece of jewellery in a field near Alton, in December 1999.

It was bought by an anonymous telephone bidder at Timeline Auctions.

The former bricklayer uncovered 256 Roman coins in 1996, as well as several pieces of jewellery, in an area close to where the pendant was found, as previously reported in The News.

The haul was purchased by the British Museum for £103,000.

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