Four treasure hunters discovered a 14th-century hoard of 557 rare gold and silver coins worth an estimated £150,000 in a field in Buckinghamshire.
Watch the four treasure hunters who discovered a hoard of 557 rare gold and silver coins
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The hoard includes 12 ornately decorated silver Edward I and II coins and 12 rare full gold coins from the time of the Black Death.
The four amateur metal detectorists – Andrew Winter, brothers Tobiasz, Mateusz Nowak, and another man Dariusz Fijalkowski – discovered the 14th-century hoard in Buckinghamshire while taking a part in a local metal detector rally.
It took them four days to find all the 557 rare gold and silver coins worth an estimated £150,000. The four metal detectorists slept in a tent during the excavations.
They first found just 12 ornately decorated silver Edward I and II coins but continued digging up.
Mr. Mateusz said: “It felt unreal. After finding the hoard, and then clearing the area, we had to extend the search twice more because we were finding so much. It was a miracle moment after moment for everyone.”
Mr. Tobiasz Nowak added: “I can’t even imagine how we got so lucky. It was the best weekend of my life. I’ll remember it my whole life.”
Mr. Winter said: “I swung around my machine and all the silver coins were coming in at number 16 on the screen – this indicates a hammered silver coin.”
“The other signal I got was a 21. It went ting, ting, ting and sounds completely different to anything else. I shouted ‘gold, gold gold!”
The rare coins are currently kept in a museum. The 14th-century hoard of 557 rare gold and silver coins will be sold and the earnings will be divided between its finders and the landowner.
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