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Indiana Jones fan finds 748 ancient gold and silver coins valued at more than $80,000 in England

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Treasure includes 180 denarius, dating from around 206 B.C. C., before the Romans invaded Britain, until the reign of Emperor Claudius I in 47 AD. C.

A British treasure hunter Indiana Jones movie buff discovered in Suffolk County (UK) 748 coins gold and silver dating from before the Romans invaded Britain and are valued at more than $80,000.

George Ridgway, 30, found the loot, after studying satellite images of an area near his home in Ipswich that showed an “interesting crop mark”. As he began digging in the area, he found two Roman brooches and, as he continued, his detector issued a strong reading that meant ‘silver’, collect the media.

Ridgway, who works as a butcher and lives with his parents in the town of Ashbocking, revealed that Indiana Jones has been his hero since he was little and that he had “achieved his childhood dream”. “Finding a coin was unbelievable and then I just had handfuls of silver denarii. I remember holding them in my hand and thinking, ‘I’ve done it. I’ve achieved my dream of the childhood.I have found a Roman treasure,” he said.

The treasure includes 180 denarii (Roman coins), dating from around 206 B.C. C., before the Romans invaded Britain, until the reign of Emperor Claudius in 47 AD. C., when it is believed that they were buried; as well as Iron Age gold coins known as ‘staters’, from the reign of the Celtic king Cunobelin, and pottery shards. The set has been provisionally valued at 81,647 dollars.

After its discovery, which occurred in September 2019, the excavations lasted for three months.

The objects are currently in the British Museum, where they are being studied and evaluated by the Treasury Valuation Committee. According to Eleanor Ghey, Curator of Coins at the museum, this is the greatest treasure of precious metals discovered in Britain from the reign of Emperor Claudius I (41-54 AD), while stressing that it is an “unusual” discovery since there are two types of pieces.

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