David Crisp, a treasure hunter from the UK, found 52,000 ancient Roman coins. The collection has been valued at 3.3. million pounds, or approximately $5 million dollars.
The collection includes hundreds of coins that display the image of Marcus Aurelius Carausius, who proclaimed himself emperor after seizing power in Britain in the third century.
Crisp found the coins in a field in Southwestern England. The coins were found in a large jar that was buried about a foot deep.
“I put my hand in, pulled out a bit of clay and there was a little radial, a little bronze Roman coin — very, very small, about the size of my fingernail,” Crisp said in an interview with the BBC.
The Associated Press reports that the find is among the largest in Britain’s history, and will reveal much about the history of Britain in the 3rd century.