Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Award winning treasure found in Wing was used by Roman criminals

AN AMATEUR archaeologist from Aylesbury has been given a national award after uncovering a coin press which may have been used to make counterfeit currency in Roman times.

Tom Clarke, who has been metal detecting for more than 40 years, found a number of blank bronze coins and a small anvil in a farmer’s field in Wing.

The unmarked discs are the halfway stage of someone making their own coins and have been dated to around 300AD.

The find, which Tom has donated to the Bucks County Museum, won him the ‘most significant hoard’ category in the Nations’ Greatest Find competition, run by The Searcher magazine.

More at the Bucks Herald

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