Coin Hoard Found in Spain

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  1. monetarium

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  3. noname

    noname Well-Known Member

    I see early 4th century (300s) tetrachy-Constantine era follis!
  4. John Anthony

    John Anthony Ultracrepidarian Supporter

    The coins pictured look like they're in pretty good shape - a little light cleaning and they'll be ready for market.
  5. 4to2centBC

    4to2centBC Well-Known Member

    google translate..........600kg though?? in that one amphora? typo?

    Amphorae found 600 kilos of bronze Roman coins during construction work in Seville
    28/04/2016 - 15: 46h • AGENCIES / VIDEO: ATLAS AGENCIES
    • Coins, probably made in the East, are "brillant uncirculated", ie, that have not circulated and therefore have no wear.
    • The amphorae found during construction work parallel to a road connection and is a unique find in Spain and perhaps in the world.
    • The director of the Archaeological Museum of Seville smonedas believes that "could be worth millions of euros surely".
    • Tomares City Council says the finding is "timely" and that the work will continue, although the Board will ask its closure.
  6. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    :wideyed:! Fantastic
  7. THCoins

    THCoins Well-Known Member

    Amphorae, plural, 19 of them.
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  8. noname

    noname Well-Known Member

    Assuming each coin weighs a normal 6 grams, they probably found like around 100,000 coins IF they didn't count the rubble, dirt, and pottery as "Part of the hoard"
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    KIWITI Well-Known Member

    They found 10 amphorae intact, other 9 broken in pieces (apparently not due to the workers).
    They were intentionally hidden a metre deep, under a layer of rubble. And they belong to the tetrarchy mostly in "mint state" (plus age).

    Curiously, it says that these amphorae are not the usual "wine or olive vessel" type.
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  10. Mikey Zee

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  11. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES!

    wow! they look great don't they?
  12. KIWITI

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  13. Valentinian

    Valentinian Supporter! Supporter

    I have been preparing a talk on ancient coins to be given at our university museum next Thursday. It already included PowerPoint slides of several recently-reported large hoards, to show that large numbers of coins are still being found and ancient coins are not "rare," as might be expected, and not all are found at previously-known archaeological sites. Until the OP link was posted, the most recent good slides I had were from a mostly Severan hoard reported Jan 28, 2016 of 3,339 third century Roman coins found at Yeovile, England. Now I have good slides of a hoard I will be able to say was reported "last Thursday". That's proof that there are lots of Roman coins out there and they are not unique cultural artifacts.
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  14. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem

    Ummm, hey I'm not 100% sure what the coin-rules are, but if it's okay with you guys then I'm gonna try to get one of those sweet jugs of goodness to share among ourselves, eh?


    ... what could go wrong?

    so far so good 23.jpg

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  15. monetarium

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    In case you are wondering, the reporter in the clip shared by Kiwiti says that so far the coins found have the portraits of Maximianus, Diocletian and Constantine the Great! Also, some coins have a 4-5% layer of silver!! The pretty museum director looks happy, but a little overwhelmed too, since they will have to classify, identify and create an inventory for all coins! I'd love to help her with that! :woot::rolleyes::woot:
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  16. ValiantKnight

    ValiantKnight I AM the Senate! Supporter

    I speak Spanish and this is pretty accurate. But instead of closure they are just asking that construction work be halted.

    @monetarium, I like the avatar, my family is from there.
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  17. green18

    green18 Unknown member Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    Google is a most dear friend. :)
  18. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Did anyone see anything as late as a Constantine? The ones I saw were more likely first Tetrarchy making me wonder if they mistook Constantius I for Constantine and probably failed to separate out the Galerius coins which would read Maximianus. Many of us have recently obtained some decent looking coins of this period making me wonder when this group was found. If these coins were really uncirculated and straight from the mint on the way to be military pay, It would not be out of the question that there could be thousands of identical coins making ID more a matter of sorting than research. I do not speak Spanish so I have no idea what the lady said. The coins looked to be of a period still using the 4.77% alloy or close to it which may be indicated in the following comment from above.
    What date of find was given?
  19. Valentinian

    Valentinian Supporter! Supporter

    The article mentions, "Coins, probably made in the East, ...". In that era it is easy to tell where coins were made--they all have mint marks.
  20. noname

    noname Well-Known Member

    In Kiwiti's video, it said 284-411 Dc, I'm gonna assume dc means ad in this case.
  21. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    I was in Seville a few years back. Wonderful place and good time. My wife told me tonight it's my own fault that I didn't find these Amphora. She said she told me to look for Ancient coins. Hrmmph.
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