The archeological world was abuzz today at the discovery of a huge hoard of coins in a shed in Bexley. Ted Johnson (62) made the discovery in the shed in his backyard after almost thirty minutes of searching.
‘My wife hinted there might be a stash out in the shed,’ he said, ‘but I never really believed it as I spend quite a bit of time in there as a break from her.’
The several hundred coins are believed to be valued at 1 and 2 pence each and were stored in what are believed to be ancient jam jars.
One archeologist said the coins were typical of the Bexley Man period. ‘It’s a complete mystery how they got there,’ he said.
Ted said he’d previously discovered coins behind his sofa with his metal detector but ‘nothing on this scale.’
‘I’m staggered,’ he said. ‘To think we’ve been struggling with the bills and all the time there was this treasure out in the shed.’
But Ted is worried that his find might be claimed as Crown property as the coins carry an engraving of the Queen’s head.