Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Hoard of Roman silver coins found buried in Welsh field

A hoard of silver coins issued by Roman general Mark Antony, discovered in a Welsh field more than 2,000 years after they were buried, have been declared treasure.

The coins, which experts believe could be worth tens of thousands of pounds, were found by a metal detector near the village of Wick, Vale of Glamorgan.
The haul of 91 coins is believed to have been issued by Roman rulers spanning 200 years, with the earliest dating back to 31 BC, when Mark Antony, a key ally of emperor Julius Caesar, played a critical role in the formation of the Roman Empire.

The newest coins bear the image of Marcus Aurelius, who ruled between 161AD to 180AD.

In most cases, the value of the treasure is split equally between the finders and the landowner.