Massive 600kg haul of ancient Roman coins unearthed in Spain

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  1. JBGood

    JBGood Collector of coinage Supporter

    "Construction workers working on water pipes in Seville stumble upon ‘unique’ collection of bronze coins said to be worth millions of euros.

    Construction workers have found 600kg (1,300lb) of ancient Roman coins while carrying out routine work on water pipes in southern Spain, local officials have said

    “It is a unique collection and there are very few similar cases,” Ana Navarro, head of Seville’s archeology museum, which is looking after the find, told a news conference.

    Dating back to the late third and early fourth centuries, the bronze coins were found on Wednesday inside 19 Roman amphoras, a type of jar, in the town of Tomares near Seville.

    Navarro declined to give a precise estimate for the value of the haul, saying only that the coins were worth “certainly several million euros”.

    The coins are stamped with the inscriptions of emperors Maximian and Constantine, and they appeared not to have been in circulation as they show little evidence of wear and tear.

    It is thought they were intended to pay the army or civil servants.

    “The majority were newly minted and some of them probably were bathed in silver, not just bronze,” said Navarro.

    “I could not give you an economic value, because the value they really have is historical and you can’t calculate that.”

    Local officials have suspended the work on the water pipes and plan to carry out an archaeological excavation on the site.

    The Romans conquered the Iberian Peninsula in 218 BC, ruling until the early fifth century, when they were ousted by the Visigoths."
    -The Guardian

    This news item comes to me from my friend and Byzantine expert Michael Braunlin who says that this hoard weighs more than "our horse".
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    Dang. Wonder if they need help digging.

  6. Smojo

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    That's really an awesome find & to be in AU condition. Amazed at the things found by accident that have been buried for 1,000-100''s of years
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