Tuesday, July 03, 2012

"Incredible" hoard of 50,000 Iron Age coins, buried in escape from Caesar, found in Jersey

An "incredible" hoard of Celtic coins, weighing almost a ton and believed to have been rushed across the sea in a bid to escape the clutches of Caesar's armies during the Late Iron Age, has been discovered by two amateur metal detectorists in a Jersey field.

The solid mass, thought to contain up to 50,000 coins, was hidden by the Coriosolitae tribe of the modern-day St Malo and Dinan region.

It originates from the year 50BC, when the Roman ruler's forces drove tribes towards the French coast as they advanced, and would have been buried after arriving from the Armorican area – now known as Brittany and Normandy.