Amateur archaeologists 'hit jackpot’ finding huge hoard

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ARCHAEOLOGISTS were stunned when a pair of metal detectorists in Somerset "hit the jackpot" by finding a hoard of coins depicting William the Conqueror thought to be worth over £5million.
Adam Staples, 43, and Lisa Grace, 42, were searching an undisclosed field in Chew Valley when they got the shock of their lives - uncovering more than 2,528 silver coins. The couple, who used metal detectors to make the discovery, were on a weekend trip as part of a hobby they took up more than 16 years ago. Their incredible find sheds light on the aftermath of the Norman invasion and could show evidence of early tax evasion in Britain.

Mr Staples said in 2019: "We went down for a weekend and hit the jackpot.

"We didn't leave the site until we thought we'd got all the coins.

"We had massive thunder and rainstorm. We were soaking wet by the time we finished."

Ms Grace joked: "It was like the gods didn't want to disturb the hoard ... We were wet through but it really didn't seem to matter."
Coins from around 1066 depicting both the defeated King Harold II as well as triumphant conqueror William I were later identified by experts.

Describing the moment the first coin was revealed, Mr Staples said: "It went from one coin, three coins, 30 coins and gradually progressed. It took about four, five hours to dig it up."

The auction consultant said life for the pair would be "totally changed".

He added: "We will be able to buy our own property, it's freedom," but added that they had not been metal detecting for "financial gain".

While it has not yet been officially confirmed, Mr Staples said the coins could be worth more than £5million at the time - a sum which would be shared with the rest of the group and the landowner.

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