Marjorie Dandy, 75, finds rare coins in field near York

York Press: Marjorie Dandy, who discovered a hoard of rare coins while using her metal detector Marjorie Dandy, who discovered a hoard of rare coins while using her metal detector

AN ELDERLY metal-detecting enthusiast has told how she found a hoard of 3,600 coins dating back to the third century in a field near York.

Marjorie Dandy, 75, of Thornton-le-Clay, near Malton, said the bronze coins had been buried inside three pots, one of which had survived intact.

She was speaking after coroner Michael Oakley declared at an inquest that the coins, described as rare survivals of the period by experts at the British Museum, were treasure trove.

Mrs Dandy, who has been metal detecting for 15 years, said she was out walking her pet dog Tiny just over two years ago and was using her detecting equipment in a field at an undisclosed location when she picked up a signal. She dug a little and found a few coins.

She said: “I thought: it must be a hoard. I was very excited. You could hear my heart beat half a mile away. Everybody dreams of something like that.”

She returned a week or so later with her older sister, Evelyn Hood, from Skewsby, to carry out a more comprehensive dig. This time, they found the remains of a pot containing about 1,500 coins, which might have been disturbed and damaged when the field was being ploughed for potatoes.

Mrs Dandy said she subsequently found a second damaged pot, with more coins and finally an undamaged pot, full of coins. “It was under a flat stone and three cobbles,” she said.

“Some of the coins were corroded and stuck together, but you could see the head on many of them. It was very exciting.”

She had since been back to scour the field, where the landowner had given her permission to search, but had found nothing more.

The coins had been taken to London and she understood the British Museum wanted to buy one which displayed the head of the Roman Emperor Gallienus, while she believed the Yorkshire Museum in York wanted to acquire the remaining coins and containers.

A valuation panel will now assess their value and the Yorkshire Museum will have six months to buy the find, with the proceeds to be divided between herself and the landowner.

She did not know how much the collection was worth, but believed it could come to several thousand pounds.

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2:16pm Thu 30 Dec 10

YorkieMoaner says...

Mint!
Mint! YorkieMoaner

3:10pm Thu 30 Dec 10

Ben Guela says...

Well done, Mrs. Dandy.
Dandy by name, Dandy by nature.
Well done, Mrs. Dandy. Dandy by name, Dandy by nature. Ben Guela

4:39pm Thu 30 Dec 10

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

I went hunting for old coins in a field once but didn't find any. So, no change there...
I went hunting for old coins in a field once but didn't find any. So, no change there... Ignatius Lumpopo

8:01am Fri 31 Dec 10

offa says...

What the h**l has her age got to do with it??
What the h**l has her age got to do with it?? offa

12:06pm Fri 31 Dec 10

Jimhallidaymdet says...

These hoards are not the only finds Mrs Dandy has made a clever lady with a metal detector. She has found another small hoard and two Bronze Age Axes and many other items of interest. All these finds have been recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme so that learned folk who wished to study these items will have the records availabe. Nor just a pretty face MRs D.

Jim
These hoards are not the only finds Mrs Dandy has made a clever lady with a metal detector. She has found another small hoard and two Bronze Age Axes and many other items of interest. All these finds have been recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme so that learned folk who wished to study these items will have the records availabe. Nor just a pretty face MRs D. Jim Jimhallidaymdet

5:23am Sun 2 Jan 11

G.Williams says...

Congratulations Mrs Dandy! This is now international news. Pleased to hear that you still enjoy your walks in the countryside. Reminds me of the days when you, Dora and I would roam around Rush Creek in the 1970's

Happy New Year!

Greg, Helen & family (Mackay, Qld. AUS)

PS Please send over some convicts that can play cricket for us!
Congratulations Mrs Dandy! This is now international news. Pleased to hear that you still enjoy your walks in the countryside. Reminds me of the days when you, Dora and I would roam around Rush Creek in the 1970's Happy New Year! Greg, Helen & family (Mackay, Qld. AUS) PS Please send over some convicts that can play cricket for us! G.Williams

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