Coins dating back to reign of Henry VIII declared treasure after being found by North East metal detectors

Coins dating back to the reign of Henry VIII were found. This image shows a 2 coin commemorating the 500th anniversary of the launch of the Mary Rose.
Coins dating back to the reign of Henry VIII were found. This image shows a 2 coin commemorating the 500th anniversary of the launch of the Mary Rose.
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Coins dating back to the reign of Henry VIII have been declared treasure after being found.

Metal detecting enthusiast David Crabtree discovered the horde - dating as far back as AD1529 - along with two others from North East Searches, a group which looks for treasure every week.

Mr Crabtree, Ken Dinsdale and Adam Thompson found the lot of seven silver coins in April, and later found two more near the same spot.

They realised that the coins could be classes as treasure, so notified the archaeologist's office of Durham County Council, who in turn notified the coroner's office.

The horde was officially declared treasure by assistant coroner for Durham and Darlington, Dr Leslie Hamilton, after an inquest at Crook Coroner's Court today.

Durham University Museum of Archaeology is now thought to be interested in buying the coins, all of which feature Henry VIII, apart from one of Henry VII.

The horde was found near Coxhoe, and after the inquest, Mr Crabtree said: "We search for hammered coins that have been put into the ground with a hammer.

"Some are valuable, but it isn't about the money for me. I tend to keep most things I find, unless a museum is interested so more people can see them.

"I'm pleased these ones are hopefully going to go to the museum.

"The coins we found are mainly half groats and groats, and two were pennies. They're all pretty similar."

On his love for metal detecting, Mr Crabtree added: "You don't find loads, but hammered coins and single finds are the most common.

"I can go a month and get lots, but I'm on a run of about six weeks without finding one, which is the way it goes.

"It's unusual to find a lot together, and that suggests they have either been purposefully put there or lost together. There is a reason that they are there, and that's why it's classed as a horde."