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Mint silver penny of King Ethelred II - showing the Anglo-saxon kings head.<br />
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A builder is celebrating today after an enormous hoard of silver coins he unearthed sold for £90,000.<br />
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Don Crawley was searching farmland with his metal detector when he stumbled upon the buried treasure.<br />
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He dug up 99 silver coins - 81 pennies and 18 cut halfpennies - all dating back to Anglo Saxon England and the reign of King Ethelred II from 978-1016AD.<br />
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The discovery was made on farmland in Suffolk and research has established that the site used to be the grounds of a long-forgotten Saxon church. Specialists even later uncovered the remains of human bones from the site dating back over 1,000 years.<br />
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Don's hoard went under the hammer with London auctioneers Dix Noonan Webb - with the coins substantially out-performing their £50,000 pre-sale estimate.