Ancient coins worth more than £800,000 found by bird watcher

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An anonymous birder was lucky enough to find more than 1,300 coins dating to around 40-50 CE. The coins were of Celtic origin, and have links to the Celtic queen Boudicca and her famous uprising against the Romans. The man who discovered the riches chose to remain anonymous, and the location in which he found them has also been kept secret.

He was out watching a Common Buzzard fighting a pair of magpies when he spotted something shiny in the ground.

After picking it up, he realised that the object was actually a gold coin.

The man, who is in his 50s, then dug around a little in the area, and discovered more than 1,300 of the coins.

He then shoved all of the coins into supermarket bags and notified the local coroner’s office, which deals in such findings in accordance with the UK’s Treasure Act of 1996.

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Experts valued the coins at roughly £650 a pop, meaning he had discovered a collection worth £845,000.

The anonymous man told Treasure Hunting Magazine: “Although I am a keen detectorist, that evening I was doing a bit of bird watching.

“After watching a dogfight between a buzzard and a pair of Magpies, I stared down and spotted something lying in a bit of the deep ploughed soil which ran around the edge of the field.

“I saw the glint of gold and realised it was a beautiful Celtic gold stater, which made me sit down in sheer shock.

“I then spotted the second coin two feet away and rushed home to get my [metal detector].”

Ancient coins dating back to the Celtics are not the only major monetary archaeological find.

A Cambridge University study indicates the discovery of the medieval Chinese coin dating from the early 11th century is a genuine find.

The 25mm copper-alloy coin was discovered in Buriton, close to Petersfield and archaeologists have now confirmed this ancient cash dates from the Northern Song dynasty period.

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This is now the second such coin found in England, with an earlier example unearthed in Cheshire in 2018.

The pair are in addition to a wealth of other Chinese currency discovered in England dating from slightly later periods.

Both 11th-century items were discovered in areas associated with other medieval finds.

These included two Roman coins, weights from the Medieval and post-Medieval period, pieces of Medieval copper-alloy casting waste and some artefacts dating to the 16th to 18th centuries, including coins of Elizabeth I.

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