METAL detecting enthusiast Ronald Lees from Altrincham was “ecstatic” when he unearthed the find of a lifetime in a Cheshire field.
The 62-year-old initially found dozens of Roman coins, which became a hoard of almost 7,800 after archaeologists helped reveal the full extent of the amazing discovery.
The bronze coins were produced in the third century, and the majority were found in a pot a few inches under the ground.
Ronald discovered the coins when he and friend Rick Parker made their fifth trawl of a field on a cold, wet winter’s day in January 2015.
At an inquest into the find at Macclesfield Town Hall on Wednesday July 6, Alan Moore, deputy Coroner for Cheshire, declared the coin hoard to be treasure.
Museums can express an interest in a find if it’s treasure, and if a museum wants the treasure the Treasure Valuation Committee will decide how much it is worth and how much will go to anyone entitled to a share of the find.
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