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Rare Roman coin unearthed in Russia

A rare Roman coin dating back to the fourth century AD has been unearthed in north-western Russia, archaeologists say.

Rare Roman coin unearthed in Russia
Coin of Constantine I struck between AD 330-5 celebrating the city of Rome, showing
 the mythological twin brothers Romulus and Remus being suckled by a wolf 
[Credit: City Commemorative Coins]
The copper coin was found on Friday (local time) at an excavation site in the Russian city of Veliky Novgorod located some 550 kilometres northwest of Moscow.

"The coin bears the image of a she-wolf with Romulus and Remus - the founders of Rome - on one side and the image of a Roman goddess on the other side," said Oleg Oleynikov, head of the excavation expedition.

The find is dated to the time of the founder of Constantinople, Constantine I, at the beginning of the fourth century AD, said Oleynikov.

The coin is "the most ancient" of some 4000 artefacts that have so far been discovered in the city by a search organised by the Archaeology Institute of the Russian Academy of Science.

"This discovery is a new page in the history of ties between Constantinople and Russia of those times," said Oleynikov.

Source: AFP [July 01, 2014]

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  1. I have just found one of these after cleaning it for months.

  2. I think I may have one of these my boy friend found it about 9months ago and I havent been able to find anything close intell now


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