Laurence Egerton was happily engaged in his hobby when he made one of the largest discoveries of Roman coins in England. The find was made in Devon and the coins were very well preserved considering the acidic soil of Devon.
The discovery has been nicknamed Seaton Down Hoard. There are 22,000 coins in the collection. The copper alloy coins amount to the salary for 2 years for a common Roman soldier. He probably buried them for safety before going to battle but did not return from the war.
Mail On Line reports that the coins were probably from the period 260 AD and 348 AD
Egerton was working an area with his metal detector. He first discovered two coins and was alerted to iron deposits when his detector set off a signal. When he dug up a shovel full of coins he decided to call in the archaeologists. He was so worried that thieves would raid the site that he slept in his car for three nights so that he could ensure the safety of the hoard.
The Devon Museum hopes to be able to keep the hoard so that the citizens of Devon can view the treasure which was found literally on their doorsteps.