Jersey the British island of two amateur archaeologists discovered one of the largest in the history of European treasures. The total weight of the lessons from its hiding place tens of thousands of gold and silver coins up to 3/4 ton.
According to experts, the discovery of more than 2000 years. The discovered coins, dating from about the 50th year of BC, were in circulation in the Celtic tribe koriozolitov who inhabited the north of modern Brittany.
Scientists believe that the fabulous sum could be sheltered by the French Celts on the island of Jersey on the eve of the Roman invasion – in the middle of the I century BC Legionnaires under the command of Julius Caesar conquered Gaul tribes.
While researchers is difficult to determine the exact number of coins, as the centuries mixed with clay, metal becomes caked so tightly that resembles a huge bar. According to preliminary estimates, it can range from 30 to 50 000. The price of each coin can be from 100 to 200 pounds, and the total value of the ancient treasures can be from 5 to 16.5 million dollars.
The field in the parish Gruvil, located on the east coast of Jersey, has long attracted the interest of hunters. 70-year-old Reg Med, who made a sensational discovery, along with his partner, Richard Miles, admitted that more than 30 years trying to find the treasure in the area after he heard stories about coins found under the roots of a tree, Turned hurricane.
While there is no clarity as clear on what part of the proceeds from the sale finds to museums can claim to have found archaeological amateurs, however, according to Richard Miles, the money would be for him a welcome addition to the joy of discovery itself. “If we had been doing this for money, would quit many years ago – he said. – The main thing was to find the coins and allow dzhersiytsam also see them. “