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Sunday, 15 July 2012

Celtic coins have been discovered in a Leicestershire village

The 10 gold 2000-year-old coins were found in Peatling Magna by metal detectorist Steve Bestwick and have now been unveiled by Leicestershire County Council.

They depict horses surrounded by mysterious symbols and were made in modern day northern France or the Low Countries between 60-50 BC, showing that cross-channel trade is nothing new.

The coins suggest that the Iron Age inhabitants of Leicestershire, referred to as the Corieltavi, had contact with their continental counterparts.  Most ordinary people would have been farmers at that time, living in small communities of thatched roofed roundhouses.  Only a small number of elite members of the tribe would have had access to precious objects such as these coins, perhaps reserving them for special ceremonies or transactions.

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