Reading man 'stunned' to discover coin he unearthed decades ago worth £10,000

Started by gash, June 10, 2019, 03:09:31 pm

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A metal detectorist has been left stunned after he discovered a Roman coin he unearthed 30 years ago was the only one like it in the world and worth £10,000.

Tom Thomas, 62, from Reading, said he thought nothing of it when he dug up the silver coin several decades ago in a farmer's field in Berkshire.

The retired police officer put in his small collection of other artefacts and forgot about it until a chance meeting with a fellow detectorist at a barbecue.

Mr Thomas began chatting to Mark Becher at the family gathering two years ago who thought the find was more unique than it was first thought.

The pair began contacting experts and Mr Thomas got the surprise of his life when it turned out to be a 2,000-year-old Carausius Denarius Roman coin.

The historic item, which dates back to AD 286-93, will now go under the hammer at Hansons Auctioneers with a guide price of £10,000.

The artefact, which is registered with the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS), features Roman goddess Salus feeding a snake rising from an altar.

Mr Thomas said: "I remember the day I found it.

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