Pond Construction Unearths Roman Treasure

A man digging a fishpond in his back garden in Thornbury, South Gloucestershire, England, was amazed to find a treasure hoard of 20,000 4th century Roman coins. Ken Allen made a marvelous discovery recently while digging a fishpond in his backyard. A ceramic pot containing 20,000 4th century Roman coins broke as it was dug out of the ground.

Gail Boyle, from Bristol Museum, said: "This is the most amazing find of treasure to come out of this area for 30 years."

A coroner will determine if the coins are considered treasure and may be claimed by Allen.

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