Metal detectorists found a small hoard of iron-age gold staters in Anglesey, Wales.
Roberts and his friend Peter Cockton were searching a field in Anglesey in July 2021 when they stumbled on buried treasure, the Amgueddfa Cymru National Museum Wales said in an Aug. 9 news release shared with McClatchy News.
Having been searching for history for over 14 years, finding a gold stater — a type of gold coin from the Iron Age —
was always number one on my wish list, Roberts said in the release.
And that day his wish came true. He found a well-preserved 2,000-year-old gold coin. The still-shiny coin has a relatively abstract design with swirls and rectangular markings, a photo shows.
Can you imagine my shock, delight and surprise… having dug up a beautiful full gold stater in mint condition?! he said in the release.
That one coin alone would have made my year, but I went on to find another.
Cockton also uncovered three ancient gold coins scattered around the field, the release said.
But that was just the beginning. Another metal detectorist, Tim Watson, decided to search the same field.
Returning to the field with a better metal detector,
I proceeded to find another nine coins in the same area in the following weeks, Watson said.
Archaeologists identified the collection of 15 coins as
the first hoard of Iron Age gold coins to have been discovered in Wales, the release said. The
rare coins were minted between 60 B.C. and 20 B.C. by the Corieltavi tribe.
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2,000-year-old gold treasure from Iron Age tribe unearthed by metal detectorists in Wales
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