Roman silver haul declared treasure trove

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A collection of more than 1,000 Roman coins found in farmland was officially declared treasure trove today.

The 1,141 silver Denarii coins, the earliest dating from 206 - 195BC, were discovered in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, in July last year.

At the treasure trove inquest held at Leamington Spa Town Hall, coroner for Coventry and Warwickshire Sean McGovern confirmed the rare collection was a treasure trove after hearing it was a "very significant find".

The exact location of the discovery has not been disclosed.

The treasure was found by 46-year-old Keith Bennett, who has been metal detecting for 11 years.

Mr Bennett, from Warwick, said: "I just had an incredible feeling of history and going back in time.

"I felt a sense of connection with the person who buried these coins all those years ago.

"I wondered who they were and why they didn't come back for it.

"It was brilliant - an experience that everyone should have.

"I really hope that the experts can garner some useful information from the coins and the pot they were found in."

The coins will now be valued by the British Museum.