Jason Hemmings, 41, a fisherman in Dorset, South England, made an outstanding treasure discovery-a haul of Roman and Iron Age coins! The British Museum praised the fisherman’s find as a “very exciting discovery.” Hemmings started the treasure hunting hobby when he purchased a metal detector from his friend who desired to upgrade his own detector. One day, after he unearthed the first coin, Hemmings thought that was the only thing he was going to find, so he left and went to a Sunday roast he had to attend. The following day, he came across more items.
He persevered through the faint, intermittent signals and to him, the rest was history. In England and Wales, it is required that members of the public to report discoveries under the Portable Antiquities Scheme, which encourages the voluntary recording of archaeological objects found by the public. The local liaison officer realized the significance of the items immediately. According to the article, the coins found by Hemmings are thought to have been dropped by a soldier some 2,000 years ago. One of the coins found features the head of Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions.
The haul is important historically and in ancient times, would have amounted to 4.25 denarii, which would have paid for a about a week’s food for a soldier. The mass treasure find is estimated to be worth a few hundred pounds and will be displayed at the British Museum.