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Dishonest policeman who cheated a farmer after finding historic gold coins worth £15,000 on his land and secretly selling them is sacked

A police officer who cheated a farmer after finding a haul of historic gold coins worth £15,000 on his land has been sacked. PC David Cockle, 50, had a contract allowing him to go metal detecting on the landowner’s fields in return for splitting the proceeds of anything he unearthed. But the Norfolk officer decided not to honour the deal after he dug up ten Merovingian Tremissis coins dating back to the early 7th century.

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Beachcomber in Galveston finds foreign coins believed stolen

Robert Hodsdon was having a typical day on the beach before he struck gold.

The Galveston County Daily News reports Hodsdon’s usual beach day involves using his metal detector. He searches for items in the sand with a group called the Galveston Island Treasure Club, but he doesn’t anticipate more than a few bottle caps or some stray jewelry.

On Sunday, however, Hodsdon came across something a bit more unusual for a treasure hunter: more than 100 foreign coins buried under the sand.

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Two rare Viking coins are found in Northern Ireland for the first time

Treasure hunters can often spend hours searching to find nothing at all, but when a valuable find does come along it can be incredibly exciting.

That’s exactly what happened to Brian Morton who, after ten years of metal detecting, stumbled across two rare Viking coins in County Down.

Experts believe the coins, which are the first of their kind to be found in Northern Ireland, may have been taken during a Viking raid on a monastery at Maghera. 


Brian Morton (right) standing with Dr Greer Ramsey from National Museums Northern Ireland (left). Dr Ramsay said ‘We take coinage totally for granted but, prior to the Viking period in Ireland, there wasn’t coinage and silver was the main form of currency.’

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