Thursday, July 05, 2012

Gold and silver traces 'may be in Jersey coin hoard'


The coin hoard which dates from 50BC weighs about three quarters of a tonne

Traces of gold and silver may be buried within the hoard of Roman and Celtic coins found in Jersey last week.

Olga Finch, curator of archaeology at Jersey Heritage, said: "We have spotted traces of jewellery, a piece of twisted silver and little thin sheets of gold with a hint of decoration on the edge."

She said once they had removed the items they could be identified.

The 50,000 coins, thought to be worth up to £200 each, were found by two metal detectorists last week.

The find was believed to be one of Europe's largest hoards of ancient coins and weighed about three quarters of a tonne.

'Exciting discoveries'

Ms Finch said: "The fact that there are traces of jewellery and person ornaments and belongings, it puts a whole new dimension to it."

The hoard was discovered after more than 30 years of searching by Reg Mead and Richard Miles.

via http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-jersey-18725712