Man discovers ancient coins in farmer’s field. Fisherman and amateur historian Mike Smale was hunting for treasure with friends from the Southern Detectorists club when he found the coins worth £200,000. The 600 rare Denarii were in a field in Bridport, so Mike and the farmer will legally split the money.A single coin can sell for up to £900 ($12,000) so fisherman Mike Smale, 35, was astonished when he uncovered one pristine coin after another dating back to 32BC. Just a few hours in, Mr Smale’s detector started beeping manically and he quickly discovered a few coins before he called over the official who sectioned off the area.They believe it was a pot of coins which had been hit by a plough and spread across the area. The event organised by Sean McDonald, 47, who admits he would have paid good money just to witness the find.An expert who has examined photos of coins said some feature Gods, and were issued by the Roman Republic in the centuries before the birth of Christ.Mike will also have to pay half of the amount to that farmer’s owner. Metal detecting has become more popular after the BBC sitcom Detectorists first aired in 2014, which featured Mackenzie Crook and Toby Jones quest for treasure in Essex.
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