Beodica's Gold Unearthed

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"A hoard of prehistoric gold coinsóbelieved to be the biggest yetówas discovered by a treasure hunter in Britain."

The lucky find composed of 824 gold coins buried in a broken pottery jar was found in a field near Wickham Market, Suffolk by means of a metal detector.

Jude Plouviez of the Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service said the coins were dated between 40BC to AD15 and were believed to have been minted by predecessors of Boudicca, the Iceni Queen who led a revolt against Roman occupation.

Valued at a modern equivalent of around $500,000 and $1 million, the find is said to be "the largest collection of gold coins from that period ever found in modern Britain," says Plouviez.

The coins weigh about five grams each, and are estimated to be worth less than they were in their day.

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