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Iceni coins worth 500,000 found

Hoard of coins
Hoard of 825 coins found by a metal detector enthusiast

A hoard of 825 coins that belonged to a member of the Iceni tribe before Boudicca led them against the Romans has been found in a Suffolk field.

An anonymous metal detector fan found the gold coins valued at up to 500,000 near the village of Dallinghoo.

Landowner Cliff Green said he was stunned to think the last time they had been seen before they were spread out on his table was 2,000 years ago.

Suffolk's county archaeology department dated the coins.

Once the treasure trove has been verified Suffolk Museum plans to launch a campaign to keep it in the county.

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