Sixty-year-old Paul Coleman found a lead basket filled with 5,248 old Anglo-Saxon silver pennies using his metal detector during the Weekend Wanderers metal detector club trip in December 2014. The huge hoard is believed to date back to the reign of Ethelred the Unready in the 990s, some 1000 years ago.
Experts believe the treasure hoard is worth £1.3million (around $2 million) but the amount could increase, depending on the auction planned by the Buckinghamshire County Museum in Aylesbury, England.
Coroner Richard Hulett had ruled that Coleman’s discovery was treasure; therefore, it belongs to the Crown. Still, Coleman and the farmer who owns the lot the treasure was dug up will be given a handsome reward, possibly in January when the final value of the treasure will be decided.
Coleman recalls how he had almost missed the treasure because he did not plan on joining the trip with the treasure hunters that day. It was a good thing he did because he stands to receive a huge sum of money for this discovery.