An­cient Ro­man gold coins dis­cov­ered in Ital­ian the­atre

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Rome, Italy - Hun­dreds of an­cient Ro­man gold coins have been dis­cov­ered on the site of an old the­atre in Como in north­ern Italy, the Min­istry of Cul­ture said.

The coins date back to the end of the Ro­man Em­pire in the 5th cen­tury and were found in a kind of stone urn in the Cres­soni the­atre base­ment, not far from the site of the an­cient city of Novum Co­mum.

Ac­cord­ing to Ital­ian me­dia, the coins could be worth mil­lions of euros.

“We do not yet know in de­tail the his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance of this dis­cov­ery but this area is a real trea­sure for our arche­ol­ogy,” said Cul­ture Min­is­ter Al­berto Bon­isoli on Face­book.

The the­atre, which was in­au­gu­rated in 1870 and later be­came a cin­ema be­fore clos­ing in 1997, was due to be de­mol­ished to al­low the con­struc­tion of a lux­ury res­i­dence.

Au­thor­i­ties now plan to sus­pend work at the site to al­low fur­ther ex­ca­va­tions, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal me­dia.

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