A pair of precious metals miners have found one of Britain's biggest treasures, believed to be worth around £ 5 million. Adam Staples and his wife Lisa Grace discovered some 2,600 ancient coins dating back 1,000 years. Although the discovery is smaller than that found in Staffordshire Horde - Britain's largest collection of buried artifacts - it is believed to be worth at least £ 1 million more.
Silver coins consist of coins dating back to the reign of King Harold II and William the Conqueror. Many coins are in good condition and can be valued anywhere between £ 1,000 and £ 5,000 each. Experts say the coins would have received a large sum of money at the time, belonging to an important wealthy person, and perhaps buried to preserve them.
During this stunning research, Staples and Grace used metal detectors in an uninhabited field on a farm in the northeastern Somerset region in January. Since King Harold's reign lasted only nine months, before he was hit by an arrow at the Battle of Hastings, coins from that period are incredibly rare. The treasure is also believed to contain coins made by cashiers who were previously unknown.
In an interview with Treasure Hunters magazine, the 42-year-old Staples described the treasure as "incredibly stunning". Experts there have spent the past seven months evaluating and indexing them and will unveil them later this week to the public for the first time. If the coins were included in the national treasures, it would be up to the museum to compensate Staples and Grace for the monetary value of the coins, making them wealthy overnight.