|In October 2012, a novice treasure hunter who bought a basic metal detector returned to the shop in Hertfordshire weeks later, clutching part of Englands' finest ever hoard of late Roman gold coins.|
The man stunned staff by showing them 40 gold solidi, before asking: 'What do I do with this?' They contacted local experts and together got the permits they needed, headed back to the scene and pulled up another 119 gleaming pieces.
|Local heritage officials described the hoard as 'a nationally significant find.' The coins are a rare example of the solidus, dating from the last days of Roman rule in Britain. The last consignments of them reached these shores in 408AD.|