Value Of Student’s Treasure Find Revealed

A student who discovered an Anglo-Saxon gold necklace and pendants in 2015 has revealed the value of his find for the first time.

The National Student reported on Thomas Lucking’s discovery and his recent interview with the Press Association, in which he revealed that the treasure is valued at £145,000.

He was a history student at the time of the discovery in Norfolk, when he, along with a partner, uncovered the grave of an Anglo-Saxon woman of a very high status. The most impressive find from the skeleton was a gold pendant inlaid with hundreds of tiny garnets, which was valued at £140,000.

Mr Lucking revealed that the money raised from the sale of the finds will be split between himself, his metal detectorist partner and the landowner.

The news provider noted that last year there were 1,120 treasure finds – the highest number in 20 years – with other impressive hoards also announced recently.

Among the most important were a collection of more than 2,000 Roman coins found in Piddletrenthide in Dorset last year, and two late Bronze age hoards discovered in Driffield, East Yorkshire.

One of these contained 158 axes and ingots, making it the largest such discovery in Yorkshire.

If you’re tempted to get your metal detector out and go in search of treasure, make sure you know the law when it comes to any finds. You need to report the treasure to the local coroner within 14 days of finding it, and they will then hold an inquest to determine the value of the find and who may be interested in it, as well as how much you will receive.

These kinds of hoards are extremely rare though – if you’d like to give your children the chance to find their own ‘treasure’, why not send some old items of jewellery for gold plating to give them something shiny to uncover?