A group of amateur treasure hunters hit the jackpot when they found more than 5,000 Anglo-Saxon coins that are predicted to be worth more than £1,000,000.
The Weekend Wanderers Detecting Club, lead by Pete Welch, found a total of 5,251 silver coins that show the faces of Anglo-Saxon kings and are believed to be over 1,000 years old.
They were discovered two feet underground in a lead bucket during a recent festive hunt in rural farmland near Aylesbury, Bucks.
Apparently the coins have been perfectly preserved, Welch said:
‘They’re like mirrors, no scratching, and buried really carefully in a lead container, deep down.
‘It looks like only two people have handled these coins. The person who made them and the person who buried them.
‘This would have been a huge amount of money in its day. One coin alone would have been a lot back then.
‘Everyone dreams of a pot of gold. The reality is you spend most of your time digging up bits of junk
‘This is the first of its kind since I’ve been running the club, which is 23 years.’
A Bucks County Museum spokesman said it was one of the largest hoards of Anglo Saxon coins ever found in Britain.
Museums can bid for the coins and the proceeds will be split between whoever owns the land and the individual that found them.
Some people have all the luck.