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Coin lost for 900 years turns up in village field

18 Novembre 2014 , Rédigé par Jean-David Desforges Publié dans #Promotion du système anglais

[ROYAUME-UNI] Lu sur middevongazette.co.uk

EXCITEMENT has been sparked by the discovery of what is believed to be a 13th-century coin found on farm land in Bampton.

Richard Turner, who lives in the town, made the discovery recently at Kerswell Barton on the village boundaries using his metal detector.

Mr Turner is a member of Isca – taken from the roman name of Exeter – a metal detecting enthusiast's group.

Twenty members of Isca were attending the detecting that day with the team split up into smaller groups, each in a different field. The field had been searched before and produced small objects, but on this particular day, Mr Turner was delighted to unearth a silver coin.

He said: "When something is found it's great to see, we're full of joy, we all hope we are going to find something."

He said the field in question had not been as productive as other fields nearer the river and footpath and so the medieval coin discovery was a real surprise.

"We have found military buttons, buckles and badges," he said.

The day also produced several copper coins, some damaged brooches and six pennies.

The land is believed to have once been home to a Roman soldiers' camp.

A lengthy process of verification has now begun, with the coin being analysed by a specialist field liaison officer based at Taunton Museum.

If the coin is of national interest it will go to the British Museum in London.

Mr Turner said: "The thrill of detecting is that once you have learnt the sounds the detector makes, you basically know what's under the ground before you dig it up. This could be a great find but we shall have to wait several months for the results. It will be lovely to see it again one day, perhaps on show at the heritage centre here in Bampton."

The holding where the coin was found has been farmed by the Weston family since 1904.

The farm is currently run by William and his son Neil who is the fourth generation farmer. William described the find as "very interesting".

He added: "I'm looking forward to finding out its origins."

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