A metal detectorist hunting a friend’s lost wedding ring dug up a stash of centuries-old gold coins worth more than £100
A metal detectorist hunting a friend’s lost wedding ring dug up a stash of centuries-old gold coins worth more than £100,000.
Paul Raynard, 44, burst into tears after unearthing the 84 coins, some of which date back to King Henry VIII’s reign in the early 1500s.
He ran over to his fellow detectorist Michael Gwynne yelling: “This is the moment we dreamed of!”
Some of the 84 coins unearthed date back to King Henry VIII’s reign in the early 1500s
Dad-of-two Paul, of Keighley, West Yorks said: “It was an amazing feeling — like checking your lottery numbers and realising you’ve hit the jackpot.
“I was shaking. I still can’t believe it now.”
Paul and Michael were holidaying with a farmer friend in Ballycastle, Northern Ireland, when he asked them to help find the wedding ring he had dropped in one of his fields.
Paul and Michael were looking for Michael's wedding ring when they discovered the ancient coins
Initially they turned up a 5p coin and a horseshoe — before lighting engineer Paul literally struck gold.
The coins are currently being valued by the Ulster Museum, but experts have said the entire hoard may be worth more than £100,000.
The men did not find the ring.
Source: TheSun UK