United Kingdom Treasure Hunter Finds 52,000 Roman Coins

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LONDON (AP).- A treasure hunter has found about 52,500 Roman coins, one of the largest such finds ever in Britain, officials said Thursday. The hoard, which was valued at 3.3 million pounds ($5 million), includes hundreds of coins bearing the image of Marcus Aurelius Carausius, who seized power in Britain and northern France in the late third century and proclaimed himself emperor. Dave Crisp, a treasure hunter using a metal detector, located the coins in April in a field in southwestern England, according to the Somerset County Council and the Portable Antiquities Scheme. The coins were buried in a large jar about a foot (30 centimeters) deep and weighed about 160 kilograms (350 pounds) in all. Crisp said a “funny signal” from his metal detector prompted him to start digging. “I put my hand in, pulled out a bit of clay and there was a little radial, a little bronze Roman coin