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  UK man finds 20,000 Roman coins
Updated 11 March 2004, 19.18
A UK man has found some really old coins
A man digging a pond in his garden was surprised to uncover around 20,000 coins more than 1,000 years old.

Ken Allen made the discovery when his spade smashed a pot in the hole at his home in Thornbury, Gloucestershire.

Ken might not be allowed to keep the coins because of complicated laws, but if they are taken away they would go in a museum and he would get a reward.

Experts think the coins were made around 1,700 years ago and some of them may not ever have been used.

Ken Allen found the coins in his garden
Ken Allen found the coins in his garden
Gail Boyle, from Bristol Museum, said: "This is the most amazing find of treasure to come out of this area for 30 years."

The coins are being cleaned at the moment before being taken to the British Museum in London for further investigation.

If it's decided that Ken can't keep the coins then they become the property of the crown, which means the Queen owns them.

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