A COLLECTION of Iron Age coins is being returned to Huntingdonshire two years after being found in a field near Kimbolton.

A COLLECTION of Iron Age coins is being returned to Huntingdonshire two years after being found in a field near Kimbolton.

The Kimbolton Hoard was discovered in October 2010 by metal detectorist Andrew Thomas.

They 68 coins were declared treasure of the Crown last September and were offered to St Neots Museum to buy for £22,000.

Vigorous fundraising followed and last week the museum announced it had received the remaining £6,000 needed to make the purchase.

Museum curator, Liz Davies, told The Hunts Post: “We’re delighted to announce the museum has been awarded a grant for the outstanding amount required to purchase the Kimbolton coin hoard.

“The Headley Museum’s Archaeological Acquisition Fund has agreed to make a grant of £6,000 towards the £22,000 purchase price and we have now reached our target.”

Ms Davies said the museum will be looking to display the coins as soon as possible, once a suitably secure cabinet had been installed. St Neots Town Council has agreed to help with the cost of the cabinet.