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Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Coining it in: Metal detector treasure hunters hit £10m jackpot with 50,000 silver coins

Two metal detector users were celebrating yesterday after finding 50,000 silver coins hidden from the Romans more than 2,000 years ago.

Reg Mead and Richard Miles unearthed the buried treasure, which could be worth £10million, from under a hedge on farmland they had been searching for 30 years.

The huge haul of Celtic money is the biggest ever found in Europe and weighed three quarters of a ton.

An inquest will decide who owns the trove, and profits from discoveries elsewhere have usually been shared with the landowners.

The coins date back to 25BC and were in a mound of clay 3ft down at a secret location on Jersey.

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