Suffolk

Museum hopes to buy Suffolk gold coin hoard

Hoard of coins
Image caption The hoard was found in a field in Dallinghoo, near Woodbridge

A hoard of Iron Age gold coins found in a pot in a Suffolk field in 2008 could go on display at a museum after being valued at £300,000.

Experts said half of any money raised should go to Cliff Green, who owns the field in Dallinghoo, near Woodbridge.

The remainder should be split between Michael Darke and Keith Lewis, who unearthed the the 840-coin hoard.

Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service hopes to raise to money to buy the hoard and display it at Ipswich Museum.

Mr Darke, a lorry driver, and Keith Lewis, a postman, have fallen out since making the discovery.

They did not exchange a word when a coroner declared the hoard treasure trove and the property of the Crown at a hearing in 2009.

The coins were valued by specialists on the Treasure Valuation Committee, which is overseen by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in line with Government policy on treasure trove.

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