600 kilo of Roman coins has been found, worth millions of euros
Workers laying pipes in a southern Spanish park have unearthed a 600kg trove of Roman coins in what culture officials say is a unique historic discovery.
The Seville Archaeological Museum said the workers came across 19 amphoras containing thousands of unused bronze and silver-coated coins dating from the 3rd and 4th century.
Nine of the amphorae, which are smaller than the typical wine-and-oil containers, are broken, but 10 are undamaged.
Historians say the coins would have been used for civil service or military wages or taxes paid to the emperors towards the end of the fourth century AD, and that they were freshly minted and then hidden in a safe vault made from bricks and ceramics buried near where the pipes in the Zaudín Park are due to be laid.
They say the extremely rare discovery is of ‘unmeasurable value’ in historical terms, and could be worth millions in monetary terms.
As the coins were never in circulation as currency, they are completely intact and not at all worn out.
Some of them are thought to be silver-plated on bronze, not just pure bronze.
Research will take a considerable length of time, since with 600 kilos of coins found, each amphora contains literally thousands and they are impossible for one person to lift.
Sevilla Archaeological Museum, which is examining the coins and will eventually put them on display for the public, has contacted its counterparts in the UK, France and Italy and confirm that as yet, a finding of this nature is a first for Europe.