When metal detectorists Paul Adams and Andy Sampson unearthed a hoard of ancient gold coins that appeared to date back to Roman times, the pair thought they had hit the jackpot. Understandably, the treasure hunters began to dream about how they would spend the £250,000 or so they believed their hoard was worth. Lucky for them they didn’t spend a bean, for after examining the find a day or so later an expert from the Suffolk Archaeological Survey suspected the 54 coins were fake. His suspicions proved to be spot on as it turns out the treasure had been hidden in a field by the film crew of BBC TV Series ‘The Detectorists’. In one episode, the replica coins were buried in a clay pot during Roman times and then recovered by a tractor ploughing the field 2,000 years later. It appears not all the coins made it back to the surface until that is the two metal detectorists made their discovery. It was all a far cry from 24 hours earlier when, as 54 year old Mr Sampson recalls: ‘We sat there in total disbelief. I had my head in my hands at one point just because of the sheer enormity of it all and the feeling of having found a gold hoard. We weren’t sure how much they might be worth but we had six Emperor Nero coins and we knew they were worth £26,500 each.’ Instead, after a call to the production company confirmed Mrs Sampson’s recollection that filming for the series had taken place on the field, the coins were valued at just £5 each, giving the total find a value of £270. Andy said: ‘When my wife told me about the Detectorists filming there an alarm bell went off in my head…It’s a bit of bad luck, but we have laughed about it.” Better luck next time chaps.
February 22, 2018