‘You Couldn’t Make This Up’ Dept: Treasure Island: British Metal-Detector Sleuth Finds $1 Million in Ancient Roman Coins

500x_coinscoinscoins Dave Crisp, a British hospital chef, uncovered this hoard of 52,000 Roman coins while sweeping his detector across a field in southwestern England, eventually unearthing some 50,000 silver and bronze coins dating from 253 to 293 AD. Over 700 of them bear the face of Marcus Aurelius Carausius, a Roman general who ruled Britain and was the first to make coins in the region.

Crisp, a self-described "metal detectorist," explained that he would have to share the coins' estimated $1 million value with the farmer who owns the land on which they were buried. Not bad for a hobby!



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