Hoard of gold coins unearthed in Suffolk

ONE of Britain's biggest ever hoards of prehistoric gold coins has been unearthed in Suffolk, it has emerged.

Brad Jones

ONE of Britain's biggest ever hoards of prehistoric gold coins has been unearthed in Suffolk, it emerged today.

A metal-detecting enthusiast discovered the 824 gold staters in a broken pottery jar buried in a field near Wickham Market.

The coins date from 40BC to AD15 and were thought to have been minted by predecessors of Boudicca - the Iceni Queen who spearheaded a revolt against occupying Roman forces.

Their value when in circulation had been estimated at a modern equivalent of between �500,000 and �1million - although they will be worth less than that now.

"This is the largest collection of gold coins from that period ever found in modern Britain," said Judith Plouviez, of Suffolk County Council's archaeology service.

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Secret excavations have been carried out at the site after a local man reported the find to the council's archaeological service in October.

The staters, which each weigh about 5g, will now be valued ahead of a treasure trove inquest.

The exact location of the find is not being made public.