Seville, SPAIN, April 29 (CINEWS): A fantastic treasure trove of more than 600 kg of ancient Roman coins were found by workers repairing drain pipes in the town of Saville in Southern Spain on Wednesday.
“This find is extremely important,” Ana Navarro, head of Seville’s Archeology Museum now looking after the find, told the newspaper El Pais on Friday. “It is a unique collection, and there are very few similar cases,” she added.
There are tens of thousands of bronze coins, with inscriptions of Emperors Maximian and Constantine on the reverse side. The coins, found stored in 19 Roman amphoras or jars, are said to date to the third and fourth centuries.
“These are not amphoras meant to store wine or oil. They are smaller and were used to transport other goods. Surprisingly [they were] used to save money,” Navarro told the newspaper. She said the coins are worth “several million euros.”
“I could not give you an monetary value, because the value they really have is historical and you can’t calculate that.”
Archaeologists said some coins seem to be silver-plated. “Most show very little evidence of use, which means they were not in circulation,” Navarro explained.
“Out hypothesis is that the money was used to pay imperial taxes or paying the army,” Navarro told the newspaper, adding that the amphoras were probably hidden “because of social conflicts, violence [and other] threats,” the newspaper quoted her as saying.