A haul of 1,000 coins dating back to the English Civil War has been found in the village of Ewerby in Lincolnshire.
The coins, unearthed by local treasure hunter Steven Ingram, were scattered in the soil with fragments of the pot they were originally contained in found nearby.
The total value of the hoard at the time would have been just over £34 ($42) – nearly double the annual salary of an infantry soldier in the English Civil War.
The buried treasure was discovered in a ploughed field and has been described as a ‘monumental find’.
During the English Civil War (1642-1649), several battles took place in Lincolnshire, including the battle at Winceby in 1643, where the royalists were defeated by the Parliamentarian army, that included Oliver Cromwell.
Dr Adam Daubney, finds officer for the Portable Antiquities Scheme at Lincolnshire County Council said: ‘This is a monumental find from the turbulent years of the English Civil War.
‘The latest coin in the hoard shows that it was buried early in 1643 just months after the war broke out.
‘The total value of the hoard, in terms of when it was buried, comes to just over £34 ($42).
‘To put that in perspective, an infantry man in the Civil War earned about a shilling a day, while a gentleman could easily live off £20 ($25) a year.
‘So this is a significant sum of money.
‘This is the largest of the hoards that has been found from that time in the county, and it contains coins from the reigns of Edward VI, Elizabeth I, Mary, James I, and Charles I.
‘The area between Grantham and Boston was a zone of intense conflict between the Parliamentarians and the Royalists in the early years of the war, so we can think of the Ewerby hoard as being from the “front-line”.
‘It might have been buried by someone who went off to fight and never returned.
‘Interestingly, several of the estates that lay close to the site of the hoard were fined after the war for supporting the King.’
Farmer Chris Sardeson, who owns the land, said: ‘I’ve worked this field for more than 50 years, so no-one is more surprised than me.’
The hoard is being processed under the Treasure Act and a report on the coins is currently being prepared for the coroner.