encourage responsible behaviour by finders, the likely market value of
each Treasure find is established by the independent Treasure Valuation
Committee is made up of experts in the various types of antiquity likely
to be inspected, an official from the leading metal detectorist body, and
an expert on museums and their collections.
values each Treasure find on the basis of willing buyer/willing seller,
and expects Treasure finds to have only had a light cleaning to help its
identification. The finder, the find site owner, and the acquiring museum
are informed of the valuation.
all parties have accepted the valuation, the museum is invoiced for the
soon as the Crown receives the agreed valuation, ownership of the Treasure
item passes to the museum, and it is this sum which is then made as ex
gratia payments for the finder and the find site