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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 35, September 3, 2007, Article 20

DITCH-DIGGER FINDS SIXTEENTH CENTURY GOLD COIN HOARD

John Andrew forwarded this article from The Sun after Jeff Starck
from Coin World brought it to his attention. It concerns the
discovery of a hoard of gold angel and half-angel coins.  He
was working to confirm details of the find with British authorities
including the Treasure Liaison Officer at Bristol Museum. John
will write up the story after the legal process has been complete,
by which time accurate information about the coins will be available.
Here's what The Sun said:

"A labourer will soon be quids in after finding a hoard of 500-year-old
gold coins. Lucky Jason Clarke, 19, helped uncover 204 Angel and
half-Angel coins while digging a drainage ditch.  The coins were in
circulation in 1510 — and experts at top auction house Sotheby’s
say the collection is worth at least £160,000.

"“We were using a mechanical digger and the boss was controlling
it while I was on the ground. Then we both spotted a glint of gold.
The hole was full of coins.

"“I scrabbled around and kept finding more and more. I ended up
filling a bag full of them.”"

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[OK, that's enough.  I quit my job and bought a metal detector.
I told my family I'm staying here in England to make our fortune.
The next London Diary will be uploaded from a ditch at an
undisclosed location.  -Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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