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Sunday, 12 May 2013

Roman gold coin revealed in 'lucky' Norfolk treasure find


A hoard of Roman gold and silver coins, described by an expert as a "lucky" find, have been discovered in Norfolk.

The gold solidus, found by a metal detector enthusiast in a field near Norwich, is thought to have been dropped or buried circa AD 410.

Adrian Marsden, a coin expert based at Norwich Castle Museum, said: "We see very few Roman gold coins. It would have a spending power of about £1,000."

The hoard was among a number of items declared treasure in April.

"This is a very late Roman coin hoard," said Mr Marsden.

"The mixture of gold and silver does happen, it's very similar to the hoard found in Hoxne in terms of the mix, they just had many more.

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