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Missing keys hunt unearths treasure trove find
Shropshire Star ^ | July 29, 2013 | unattributed

Posted on 07/31/2013 5:32:23 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

When farmer Ifor Edwards dropped his keys in a field he had no idea the search to find them would result in the discovery of buried treasure.

Mr Edwards, 56 and his wife Anna, 40, called in enthusiasts from Wrexham Heritage Society when he lost his keys on land at Oak Farm in Bronington, near Whitchurch.

But as well as finding his keys -- which had gone through a lawn mower -- the team armed with metal detectors also found 14 mediaeval coins dated from the 14th and 15th centuries.

At an inquest in Ruthin the North East Wales Coroner John Gittins declared the coins -- from the reigns of Edward III, Henry V and Henry VI -- as treasure.

Mr Edwards said: “It is a once in a lifetime thing.

“It is such a shock, you just can’t quite believe it.

“You realise those coins were there before they ever found America or anything.

“You just can’t believe you’re holding something that is 600 and something years old.

“We only bought the land three years ago and nothing like this has ever been found before.”

He said he was “hoping for an unexpected windfall” but does not know how much the coins are worth.

They were found to contain about 90 per cent silver and the most recent of them was relatively unworn.

It is thought Wrexham County Borough Museum is interested in acquiring the coins which, because of their age and metal content, should be classed as treasure trove.

Any proceeds will be split between Mr Edwards and Cliff Massey, 83, the metal detecting enthusiast who made the find.

(Excerpt) Read more at shropshirestar.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: edwardiii; epigraphyandlanguage; godsgravesglyphs; henryv; henryvi; unitedkingdom; wales
One of the coins found during the hunt for keysOne of the coins found during the hunt for keys

One of the coins found during the hunt for keysOne of the coins found during the hunt for keys

1 posted on 07/31/2013 5:32:23 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: TEXOKIE; nickcarraway; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; ...

Thanks TEXOKIE.

2 posted on 07/31/2013 5:33:59 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Beautiful!


3 posted on 07/31/2013 5:40:29 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Let me hear what God the LORD will speak. -Ps85)
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To: SunkenCiv
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An old Wendy's drive thru?

4 posted on 07/31/2013 5:43:54 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (If Americans were as concerned for their country as Egyptians are, Obama would be ousted!)
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

looks like Wendy got a kids meal at the King. ;)


5 posted on 07/31/2013 5:52:43 PM PDT by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: SunkenCiv

What about the farmer’s keys? Did they ever find them?


6 posted on 07/31/2013 5:55:02 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: SunkenCiv

Never happens to me here in Texas


7 posted on 07/31/2013 5:56:56 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Alas Babylon!

Please read the start of the third line of the story.


8 posted on 07/31/2013 6:10:41 PM PDT by TaMoDee ( Lassez les bons temps rouler dans les 2013! Geaux, Pack, Geaux!)
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To: SunkenCiv

I can’t see how anyone in Britain could NOT comb their land with a metal detector first chance they got! Heck if I ever get to travel there I may bring my own. ;)


9 posted on 07/31/2013 8:41:40 PM PDT by To Hell With Poverty (Ephesians 6:12 becomes more real to me with each news cycle.)
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To: To Hell With Poverty; SunkenCiv
This is not unique (but I've not had any luck so far myself)!
Incidentally, the city of St Albans, mentioned in the article below, was a very important settlement in Roman times so I find it amazing that there isn't a square inch of ground nearby that hasn't been 'sweeped' already more than once!

I found Roman coins worth £100,000 [$150,000] ... 20 minutes after buying first metal detector: Novice unearths 'nationally significant' find during first treasure hunt.
Daily Mail 5th June 2013
10 posted on 08/01/2013 2:32:21 AM PDT by Mr Radical
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