Anglo-Saxon Treasure Trove

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Anglo-Saxon Treasure Trove

 

By Brian Madigan LL.B.

In July 2009, there was a discovery of a substantial number of artifacts from the Anglo-Saxons. They could be dated to the 7th and 8th centuries. 

The discovery took place on a private farm by an unemployed gentleman who was searching the farm with a metal detector. He had permission from the farmer. 

The question is: who owns the artefacts? 

The ordinary rule at common law is the farmer. But, the finder had a contract with the farmer, so they split the findings. 

However, this "find" has been designated as "treasure trove" which means that it will be owned by the Crown. Both the farmer and the finder will split a "finders fee".

 

Brian Madigan LL.B., Realtor is an author and commentator on real estate matters, Royal LePage Innovators Realty
905-796-8888
www.OntarioRealEstateSource.com

 

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Steve Bush
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I heard about this on NPR. I have often thought about getting a metal detector because I love the thought of artifacts being found up here in olde New Hampshire. What a great find it was!

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Steve,

The true value could be in the range of one billion dollars, but at least the finders fee for each of them should be worth at least one million.

Brian

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