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Treasure Trove Of Ancient Coins Found Buried Underneath Farm

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You never know what you will find when you dig on a farm. Sometimes you may unearth old agricultural tools, sometimes just roots and sticks — and sometimes, on very rare occasions, a lead-lined bucket, filled with over $1.5 million dollars worth of ancient silver coins.

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The delightfully-named Weekend Wanderers Detecting Club found the collection of 1,000 year-old coins buried 2-feet below ground in a farm in Buckinghamshire, as part of an annual Christmas dig, which they describe in detail here. Altogether over 5,000 silver coins — some of which have the images of 11th-century kings Ethelred the Unready and Cnut the Great — were recovered.

The full trove was taken to the British Museum, where it's currently being cleaned and examined by curators.

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Oh, for the good, eloquent old times: "Ethelred the Unready" - how expressive, poetic; how grand!