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Massive wealth is hidden under the countryside.

pounds 2,500,000: During his first-ever go at metal-detecting in 2010 James Hyatt found an extremely valuable gold locket. The profit was split with the landowner in Hockley, Essex.

pounds 1,000,000: Terry Herbert stumbled on a trove of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver in 2009 near Burntwood, Staffs. Proceeds from 1,500 pieces - weapons, helmet decorations, coins and crosses including 5kg of gold - were also divided with the landowner.

pounds 1,000,000: In 2009, David Booth, also on his first try with a metal-detector, found four gold Iron Age necklaces near Stirling. Scotland has stricter laws on treasure trove, which belong to the crown, but David still made pounds 462,000.

pounds 750,000: Dad and son David and Andrew Whelan found Viking gold and silver in Harrogate, North Yorks, in 2007. They went halves with the landowner. pounds 300,000: Michael Darke and Keith Lewis unearthed 840 Iron Age gold coins from the first century BC, in Dallinghoo, Suffolk, in 2008. Half went to the landowner, farmer Cliff Green.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 27, 2012
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