'Toenail Hoard' of 500 coin clippings found in Forest of Dean

Started by gash, July 20, 2016, 11:36:24 pm

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Hundreds of 16th Century coin clippings have been discovered in a Gloucestershire field.
The 500 silver clippings, dubbed the Toenail Hoard, were unearthed by Gavin Warren using a metal detector in the Forest of Dean.
Shaved from the edges of coins dating back to 1560, the precious metal would have been melted down and sold.
Finds liaison officer Kurt Adams said: "Forty to 60 clippings is normal - one of this size is very, very rare."
Mr Warren - who unearthed the Yorkley Roman coin hoard in 2012 - said he was testing out a "beginner's metal detector" in a field, when he made the discovery.
"It was about four inches down, all in a big ball - we thought it was pieces of fencing until I spotted the words James I and Elizabeth I," he said.
"There were about 500 clippings - like pig tails - ranging from half crowns right down to pennies, all silver."

Full story here  :  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-34779378?SThisFB
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