British Treasure Find Worth $5.4M
Anglo-Saxon gold unearthed by jobless searcher this summer
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 26, 2009 10:50 AM CST
A strip of gold bearing a biblical inscription in Latin, part of a recently discovered hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – An amateur British treasure hunter and the owner of the field where he struck gold are in for a big payday: His find turns out to be a 7th-century Anglo-Saxon cache of the precious metal. The collection is worth about $5.4 million, British Museum tells the AP. The treasure—all 1,500 pieces of it—was found this summer in Staffordshire and generated much excitement among British archaeologists. Two central England museums hope to acquire it jointly.