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Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Huge hoard of ancient coins found in Jersey

THE gold and silver treasure of a Celtic army worth millions has been unearthed in a Jersey field by two men with metal detectors.
It is thought that the hoard of an estimated 50,000 to 60,000 iron-age coins is the biggest such find ever discovered from the Celtic world, which once stretched across northern and western Europe.

Curator of Archaeology at Jersey Museum, Olga Finch said: ‘This is an incredibly important archaeological find of international significance. The fact that it has been excavated archaeologically is also rare and will greatly enhance the level of information we can glean about the people who buried it. It is an amazing contribution to the study of Celtic coins, we already have a number of very important Iron Age coin hoards found in the Island, but this new addition will make Jersey a magnet for Celtic coin researchers. It reinforces just how special Jersey’s archaeology it.’

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