Metal detecting couple find one of biggest ever treasure hoards worth up to [pounds sterling]5m; Adam Staples and partner Lisa Grace unearthed the 'once in a lifetime' find of almost 2,600 ancient coins that date back 1,000 years.
Byline: Adam Aspinall
A couple into metal detecting have hit the jackpot after discovering a treasure hoard believed to be worth up to [pounds sterling]5million.
Adam Staples and Lisa Grace, 42, unearthed an "absolutely mind-blowing" 2,571 silver coins -- many of them in mint condition and valued at [pounds sterling]1,000 to [pounds sterling]5,000 each.
While smaller than the 2009 Staffordshire Hoard, it may be [pounds sterling]1million more valuable.
The haul is made up of King Harold II pennies, England's last Anglo-Saxon king, and William the Conqueror coins, from after the Norman invasion of 1066.
Mr Staples and Miss Grace, from Derby, made their find in a farmer's field in north-east Somerset in January.
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They told the county's local finds liaison officer, as required by law, and gave the coins to the British Museum to assess.
If declared treasure, it will be up to a museum to compensate them with the haul's value. The landowner will also be entitled to 50% of the cash.
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Nigel Mills, a consultant for London auctioneers Dix Noonan Webb, said: "This hoard could be worth between [pounds sterling]3million and [pounds sterling]5million."
The British Museum said: "We can confirm a large hoard of late Anglo-Saxon and Norman coins was handed in."
Lisa Grace, pictured, and partner Adam Staples, unearthed the 'once in a lifetime' find of almost 2,600 ancient coins that date back 1,000 years.
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|Date:||Aug 25, 2019|
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