Ancient silver coins found

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A “treasure trove” inquest has been held after a haul of ancient silver coins were found in a field near Flaxton.

The inquest, which took place at Scarborough Coroner’s Court, was to determine the fate of 36 coins found on April 30, 2012.

Coroner Michael Oakley read out a statement from John Jackson, owner of the land, who found the items while out metal detecting.

In the statement, Mr Jackson said he had got an indication on his metal detector and dug down about 12 inches, discovering coins and fragments. Mr Jackson returned on May 12 and found similar items.

All the coins were handed in to the Finds Liaison Officer at York and a report was drawn up by an expert at the British Museum.

The coins were dated as being from the Viking and Anglo Saxon periods, with most of the hoard being from 920-940AD.

They were declared to be treasure, due to their high silver content.

A report will be sent to the British Museum.




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