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Park workers in Spain discover huge Roman coin trove


Workers laying pipes in a southern Spanish park have unearthed a 600-kilogram (1,300-pound) trove of Roman coins in what culture officials say is a unique historic discovery.

Park workers in Spain discover huge Roman coin trove
Roman era bronze coins are displayed at the archaeological museum in Sevilla
[Credit: © Gogo Lobato/AFP]
The Seville Archaeological Museum said the construction workers came across 19 amphoras containing thousands of bronze and silver-coated coins dating from the end of the fourth century. The coins are believed to have been recently minted at the time and had probably been stored away to pay soldiers or civil servants.

Park workers in Spain discover huge Roman coin trove
Some of the 19 amphoras containing thousands of unused bronze and silver-coated coins dating
 from the end of the 4th century [Credit: City Council of Tomares/AP]
Museum director Ana Navarro said the discovery Wednesday in the southern town of Tomares outside Seville is unique for Spain and of incalculable value. She said the coins studied so far bear images of emperors Constantine and Maximian, with a variety of pictorial images on the reverse.

Park workers in Spain discover huge Roman coin trove
Workers laying pipes in a southern Spanish park have unearthed a 600-kilogram (1,300-pound) 
trove of Roman coins in what culture officials say is a unique historic discovery 
[Credit: City Council of Tomares/AP]
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.

Park workers in Spain discover huge Roman coin trove
Some of the 19 amphoras containing thousands of unused bronze and silver-coated coins 
dating from the end of the 4th century [Credit: City Council of Tomares/AP]
The regional cultural department said Friday that construction work in the park had been halted while archaeologists investigate further.

Park workers in Spain discover huge Roman coin trove
Some of the bronze and silver-coated coins dating from the end of the 4th century  
[Credit: City Council of Tomares/AP]
The clay pots, 10 of which were said to be intact, were found just over a meter (yard) underground.

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

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

Author: Ciaran Giles | Source: The Associated Press [April 29, 2016]
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