TREASURE hunter Terry Vickers this month struck gold when he unearthed an 1,800-year-old Roman ring from a muddy field.
At an inquest, the County Durham coroner declared the find to be “Treasure”, after hearing how it had been authenticated by experts at the British Museum.
In a similar case, a hoard of silver coins which date back to the 13th Century was unearthed by a group of treasure hunters.
The 22 King Edward I pennies were discovered by members of the Durham-based metal detector enthusiast group, Amber’s Digs, on Good Friday.
The valuable finds, all discovered within metres of each other on farmland at Sutton Bank, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, are believed to be part of a lost or stolen purse.
Now these nuggets of history, worth thousands of pounds, look set to be officially classed as treasure and put on public display.
NHS receptionist Susan Jewitt, 57 of Willington, County Durham, who runs Amber’s Digs with partner Graham Duff, said excitement spread like wildfire after the first coin was uncovered.
And she says the North is a prime hunting ground for metal detectors because of its rich history.
“We have more castles than anywhere else which I think gives us a good chance of finding interesting things,” she said.