Roman coins dated at 1,600 years old

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A COLLECTION of Roman silver and gold coins found near Mildenhall have been declared treasure.

The 15 silver siliquae and one gold solidus date from 355 to 402 – the tail end of the Roman occupation of Britain.

The coins were found by a father and son on October 12 on farmland.

According to Suffolk County Council, a number of other finds have been made at the same site, with around 80 coins being uncovered in the last decade.

Speaking at a treasure trove inquest on Tuesday, Andrew Brown, Suffolk County Council’s finds recording officer, said the collection was ‘fairly typical’ of the era.

Coroner Peter Dean recorded the find as treasure.

The coins will now go away to be valued by experts at the British Museum. A decision on where they will be kept will then be made.