Report a treasure find

By law, you must report any object which you believe to be treasure to the coroner within 14 days.

Read the Portable Antiquities Scheme definition of treasure.

To report a treasure find, email or call 01522 552500.

What happens next?

The coroner will ask you to present the object to our finds liaison officer.

They will ask you questions about the object and conduct an investigation.

Once complete, we will inform the coroner if it is treasure or not.

If the find is treasure, the coroner will hold a treasure inquest. The British Museum may seek to claim it on behalf of the Crown.

If the find is not treasure, the coroner will decide if the find may be returned to you.