Coroner rules Caistor coins find as treasure

Inquest coins
Inquest coins

Two Roman coins which are nearly 2,000 years old discovered by a metal detecting enthusiast on farmland in the Caistor area have been declared as treasure.

The iron age coins were found fused together ’three to four inches underground’ by Graham Vickers on land owned by Anthony Burnett on April 27 this year, and were sent to the British Museum for analysis.

The coins date back to between 20 and 50AD and have been attributed to the Corieltavi, a tribe of agricultural people living in the East Midlands area since before the 
Roman conquest.

One of the coins shows a horse galloping to the left and is inscribed with AVN COST and the other shows a horse galloping to the right and shows the inscription IIVP RASV ABC.

Neither Mr Vickers nor Mr Burnett, who have a 50/50 agreement for any proceeds of findings on the land, were present for the inquest in Spilsby on June 26.

Lincoln’s Collective Museum has shown an interest in taking the coins for their collections.

The coroner, Stuart Fisher, ruled the findings are indeed treasure, as they are more than 300 years old, are from the same spot, and have a precious metal content exceeding 10 per cent.