August 2nd, 2016

TREASURE TROVE: Roman Coins Unearthed in Spain

TREASURE TROVE:
Roman Coins Unearthed in Spain

[SEVILLE SPAIN] Workers laying pipe in a southern Spanish park discovered a 1,300-pound (600-kilogram) hoard of Roman coins. The construction workers came across 19 amphoras containing thousands of bronze and silver-coated coins dating from the end of the fourth century.

Seville Archaeological Museum Director Ana Navarro said the discovery is unique for Spain and of incalculable value. She told reporters the museum had contacted counterparts in Britain, France and Italy and that the find appeared to be one of the most important from the period.

The cultural department said the museum had no similar coins in its collection. Once the find has been fully investigated, the pieces will be displayed in the museum.

The Romans began to conquer Spain in 218 B.C. and ruled until the fifth century.

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