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Pictured: One of the coins (both sides) that was found.<br />
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Two friends who are metal detecting enthusiasts have fallen out over who discovered a haul of over 1,600 Roman coins buried below a remote field, an inquest heard.<br />
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Andy Aartsen and James Petts are in a dispute which could end up in court over who was the finder of the haul some 12 inches below the surface, which was largely concealed in a red earthenware pot.<br />
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It comes after the hobby was put on the map by the hit BBC show The Detectorists, which concluded its second season on Thursday night.<br />
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The inquest heard Mr Aartsen, 54, was first to come across about 25 to 30 coins when he detected an 'unstable signal' before friend Mr Petts joined him.<br />
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