A metal detectorist discovered England’s largest ever Anglo-Saxon treasure trove.
The British Museum confirmed an anonymous man found 131 coins and four precious artifacts in West Norfolk, 110 miles north of downtown London.
Most of the currency comprises of tremisses, a tiny coin from the 6th Century that contains 85 to 95 percent gold. Nine of the coins are solid. Further giant Byzantine coins found are estimated to be worth three times more than tremisses.
The detectorist also found a necklace, gold bar and two significant jewelry pieces at the unexplained burial. The event happened sometime between 600 and 700 A.D., predating England’s unification.
“This is a hugely important find,” British Museum curator of early medieval coinage Gareth Williams said according to Live Science. “It must be seen alongside other recent finds from East Anglia and elsewhere, and will help to transform our understanding of the economy of early Anglo-Saxon England.”
The greatest Anglo-Saxon currency collection in England boasts a total of 101 coins. In 1828, a purse containing the treasure was discovered in Crondall, Hampshire. Analysts believe the loot might be more extensive since the bag shows evidence of tampering.
The Sutton Hoo burial ship, which contained 37 gold pieces and featured on Netflix, is only one of the treasures found in East Anglia.
According to the 1996 Treasure Act, every artifact discovered in England and Wales must be reported to the authorities within 14 days of discovery.
The latest hoard seemingly fits the legal definition of “treasure,” which includes items or coins that are at least 300 years old and contain at least 10% gold or silver by weight.