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Thursday, 12 April 2012

Treasurer hunter unearths ancient coins in field


A RIPLEY treasurer hunter has unearthed a hoarde of silver pennies from the 13th Century
The 17 coins were unearthed by treasure hunter David Beard in Duffield July last year on pasture land belonging to Barry Fitch.
Barry Cook, the curator of medieval and early modern coinage at the British Museum, who has inspected the find, said that the coins were badly damaged, most probably caused by the time they spent in the soil. Two were Scottish currency, minted in Berwick.
His report said: “Groups of pennies found in close quarters were laid as a single deposit and shows signs of a settlement in the area.”

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