coin unearthed by Burnham-On-Sea metal detector enthusiast
Burnham-On-Sea metal detecting enthusiast has unearthed this ancient
Roman coin dating back to the Constantine era from a field outside
Howard, pictured right on Burnham beach, made the discovery of
the coin - which historians say was minted in AD 322 - while metal
detecting on land near West Huntspill.
coin, weighing 2.85g, is made of Roman copper alloy and bears
an image of Constantine I, as pictured above.
certainly my oldest discovery to date in the Burnham area and
is a great find," he told Burnham-On-Sea.com. "It's
not my only discovery this year, though."
has also recently found a post-medieval sliver hook clasp, pictured
below, which the British Museum has officially declared 'treasure'.
400 year-old item was discovered when Morley sought permission
from a land owner to use his metal detector there.
a super find. The British Museum has classed it as treasure and
Taunton Museum has expressed an interest in acquiring it. The
value of the items will likely be split between me and the land
owner," he added.
spokesman at the British Museum says: "I confirm that we
have received the post-medieval sliver hook clasp into the care
of the British Museum and as such the object in question can be
examined by a British Museum curator and, if necessary, non-destructive
scientific analysis can be carried out."
find has been declared treasure at the coroner's inquest - its
delivery to the British Museum now means that in due course it
can be examined by expert valuers and put before Treasure Valuation
Committee as part of the valuation process."
who only took up metal detecting last July, leads the Somerset
Artifact Seekers Metal Detecting Club and has also recently found
an Edward III coin in the Burnham area.
love metal detecting - you never know what you will find. There
are so many items of historical interest just waiting to be found
underground," he added.