A woman who found a 700-year-old coin in her garden as a child has become the first person to be convicted of failing to hand in suspected treasure.The article is a little misleading because the prosecution was based on the object being not really a coin, but some sort of coin-like metal token of unknown purpose. But still, why should it be a crime to find a piece of metal in your yard? And why tell the coroner? I thought that a coroner was an official who keeps track of dead bodies.
Kate Harding, 23, was prosecuted under the Treasure Act after she ignored orders to report the rare find to a coroner.
Friday, February 26, 2010
Crime to find a coin
Apparently it is a crime in the UK to find a coin: