Huge hoard of ancient coins found

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THE gold and silver treasure of a Celtic army worth millions has been unearthed in a Jersey field by two men with metal detectors.

It is thought that the hoard of an estimated 50,000 to 60,000 iron-age coins is the biggest such find ever discovered from the Celtic world, which once stretched across northern and western Europe.

The previous largest, which was also found in Jersey at La Marquanderie in 1935, contained 12,000 coins.

Metal detectorists Reg Mead and Richard Miles had been looking for the coins off and on for more than 30 years. In the early 1980s, an elderly lady told Mr Mead a story about buried coins being thrown up into the air when a tree was uprooted in the field 20 years earlier.

• See today's Jersey Evening Post for the full story and more pictures

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