Metal detectorists looking for friends wedding ring discover haul of gold coins worth at least £100,000.

A metal detectorist has found gold coins believed to be worth £100,000 while searching for his friend’s lost wedding ring.

Paul Raynard was looking in a field near Ballycastle, Northern Ireland on 29 October, when he discovered the trove.

The lighting engineer was on holiday in the area with his friend and business partner Michael Gwynne, when a third friend asked them to help look for the ring.

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They had been searching for two hours when Mr Raynard found the haul of 84 coins, the oldest of which is more than 500 years old.

Video footage of the moment the 44-year-old found the haul shows the businessman pulling several muddy coins from soil.

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“This is the moment we dreamed of!” Mr Raynard shouts. “There’s a f****** fortune here.”

Afterwards, he said that he "jumped up and down and ran down the field in tears to find Michael. It’s something I have dreamed of finding since I was a kid. It was an amazing feeling.”

He added: “It’s like checking your lottery numbers and realising you’ve hit the jackpot.”

The oldest coin is dated 1512 and was made when Henry VIII was king.

The oldest coin features an image of Henry VIII. ( SWNS)

Some of the coins are 500 years old. (SWNS)

Mr Raynard believes the object could be worth as much as £5,000.

Another coin, dated 1546, could be worth up to £3,000, while he thinks others could be sold for hundreds of pounds each.

Mr Raynard and Mr Gwynne usually study old maps for signs of ancient settlements or battlegrounds where such coins may be buried.

“I saw one or two coins at first but had no idea of the size of the hoard to begin with,” Mr Raynard said. “I went to fetch Michael who was across the field so we could share the moment together. I was shaking, I still can’t believe it now."

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The 44-year-old has been interested in metal detecting since he was seven-years-old.

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He purchased a £600 detector nine years ago.

Mr Raynard said he had sent the coins to the Ulster Museum where a team of experts will value them.

If he sells the coins, the money will be split equally between him and the landowner.

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