MUSEUM officials are considering buying a huge haul of Roman treasure which has been discovered in a Stoke-on-Trent field.
Hundreds of coins more than 2,000 years old were found at the undisclosed location.
The solid silver sovereigns – some with immaculately-preserved images of the Roman emperor Hadrian – were discovered by metal detecting enthusiast Scott Heeley.
Experts say it is the most exciting discovery in the region since the Staffordshire Hoard, which is the largest haul of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found.
Now officials at Hanley's Potteries Museum and Art Gallery must decide whether to buy the 242 coins and put them on public display.
Deb Klemperer, the museum's principal collections officer, said: "The last discovery of coins similar to these was back in 1998, but there were only around 18 coins in that find.
"This is very unusual for the area because it is quite a large find.