Treasure identifying & reporting


Is it ‘Treasure’?

a bronze axe head from 3 different angles with a gold object inside the socket

Image: Bronze Age Axehead

The following finds are Treasure under the 1996 Treasure Act:

  • Any metallic object, other than a coin, which is over 300 years old when found and provided that at least 10 per cent by weight of metal is precious metal (gold or silver). If the object is of prehistoric date it will be Treasure provided any part of it is precious metal.

  • Any group of two or more metallic objects of any composition of prehistoric date that come from the same find (see below).

  • Two or more coins from the same find which are at least 300 years old when found and contain 10 per cent gold or silver. If the coins contain less than 10 per cent of gold or silver there must be at least ten of them. Only the following groups of coins will normally be regarded as coming from the same find: Hoards that have been deliberately hidden; Smaller groups of coins, such as the contents of purses, that may have been dropped or lost; Votive or ritual deposits.

  • Any object of any material that is found in the same place as, or had previously been together with, another object that is Treasure. Finds may have become scattered since they were originally deposited in the ground.

  • Any object that would previously have been treasure trove but does not fall within the specific categories given above. Only objects that are less than 300 years old, that are made substantially of gold or silver, that have been deliberately hidden with the intention of recovery and whose owners or heirs are unknown will come into this category.

What should I do if I find treasure?

Iron Age gold coin hoard of 840 coins in a vessel

Image: Iron Age coin hoard of 840 gold staters. The vessel is also Treasure by association with the hoard.

You are legally obliged to report all finds of Treasure to the coroner within 14 days (or within 14 days of the day on which you realised that the find might be Treasure).

We can help you to do this and report the find to the coroner on your behalf, so if you think you may have an item of Treasure please contact us as soon as possible on 01284 741230 or by e-mail at

If you find any thing complex that requires excavating, it is best to stop and contact us for advice

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