Metal detectorist finds an Iron Age coin depicting an intricate noble horse

Started by gash, November 04, 2019, 05:12:41 pm

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A first-time treasure hunter was stunned to hit the discovery of a life-time with his metal detector within the first few hours of using it - an Iron Age coin baring a intricately stamped horse.

Ron Silvester, 69, from Buckinghamshire unearthed 2,000-year-old coin just three hours into his first ever attempt at metal detecting after agreeing to go along with a friend. 

It has been identified as a 'Tasciovnos Ver' coin dating back to the Iron Age -  thought be worth around £380.   
The coin, caused a burst of laughter from fellow detectorists after it was cleaned revealing the mule figure - with some of the group likening it to Shrek's side kick Donkey.
In its prime the piece would have depicted a noble horse but over time parts of the face have faded away.

Treasure hunter, Ron Silvester was stunned when he unearthed an ancient coin with the face a Donkey from Shrek on it
Treasure hunter, Ron Silvester was stunned when he unearthed an ancient coin with the face a Donkey from Shrek on it

What is left of the engraving is an uncanny resemblance to the much-loved donkey that is voiced by Eddie Murphy in Dreamworks' Shrek movies.

Mr Silvester, a retired javelin coach, made the find in a field in Buckinghamshire.

He had never even picked up a metal detector before and was only out accompanying a friend.

The bizarre likeness was noticed by Mark Becher, who was handed the coin to clean as leader of the group of 40 detectorists.

He put the remarkable discovery down to 'beginner's luck' and said the finder was delighted.

Mr Silvester plans to keep hold of the coin which was discovered more than three hours into the session.

He said: 'I had never done any metal detecting in the past and just went out with my mate Mick who does it fairly regularly.

Full article :  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7634659/Metal-detectorist-finds-Iron-Age-coin-depicting-noble-horse-worth-380-hours-search.html?fbclid=IwAR36P0YTUHKLVRa7_HhaQmUGvMQU9z2zsH6StGl4hsWMM9ZRKeuo3h8UtRc
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