A first-time metal detectorist unearthed a Roman gold coin.
A metal detectorist has literally struck gold on his first ever hunt - finding a Roman coin reportedly worth thousands in the grounds of his grandmother's home. Austen Perry, 29, who currently lives in Bradford, made the historic find on Saturday November 5 after finally being able to afford a metal detector of his own following a life-long passion for the hobby.
He knew his grandmother's home in Whetstone had plenty of grounds to examine and came back to the county to try out his new piece of equipment. And within an hour his detector beeped.
Rather than it just being a common or garden bottlecap tucked away in the earth, Austen had uncovered a Roman coin. The find took Austen by complete surprise as he never expected to find anything so valuable on his very first hunt.
I've been told by other metal detectorists that it can take years to find something like this and I did it on my first attempt. It's mad and really hard to get your head around.
The coin depicts that of Roman emperor Allectus who ruled between 293 and 296. Little is known about his rule, but coins of the emperor have turned up before. Early estimates from fellow detectorists have said Austen's find is worth around £1,200 - an amount that is yet to be verified - but the coin has been reported as treasure to the authorities.
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