A METAL detecting enthusiast has
unearthed a Roman coin thought to be one of the
oldest ever found in Wales.
Retired butcher Roy Page, 69, of Coedpoeth,
found the detailed 2,000-year-old coin on a farm
near St Asaph when he went on a search there
with the Mold-based Historical Search Society.
Roy handed the tiny silver coin to the Portable
Antiquities Scheme, who identified it as dating
from the second century BC.
It is believed to have been brought over some
time after the Roman invasion of Britain in 43
AD, or during earlier visits in the first
Roy, who has been metal detecting for five
years, said: "The person who held the coin was
probably a Roman.
"When he told me I nearly fainted, I was over
the moon. I was told by an expert in our group
that it could be the oldest coin found in Wales.
"It shows how far the Romans came into this
"It is living history.I suppose the way I feel
is how you would feel if you won the pools.
"When you look at a map of where old coins have
been found in Wales there have not been many
found around St Asaph."
The coin depicts two horses being driven by a
man on a chariot.
Roy routinely puts in 10 hours of metal
detecting a week using his computerised Minelab
X Terra metal detector, which can differentiate
Roy was making his way to his car for a drink
when the familiar high pitched bleep started up,
signifying a coin.
Roy said: "I flipped the soil back and it was
there, only six inches down.
"I was thirsty and so I popped it in my pocket
with my other finds."
Roy says he is not interested in the value of
the coin, taking pleasure from simply having
He said: "That is the first thing people ask me,
how much it is worth.
"I haven't even bothered to find out."