Largest ever hoard of Roman coins found in Seville suburb by construction workers
Construction workers laying water pipes in Zaudin Park in Tomares, a suburb of the city of Seville in Spain, had a huge surprise when they came across 19 amphorae filled with Roman coins.
These ancient jars were usually used to hold liquid or food provisions, but the 19 vessels were stuffed full of kg of coins dating from the rd and th centuries .
This find is remarkable, not only for the size of the hoard but also because the coins are newly minted and have never been used.
Ana Navarro, head of Seville’s Museum of Archaeology revealed that most of the coins were minted with images of emperor Constantine, who ruled the Roman mpire from to and
Maximian, who held the post from 286 to . It is a unique collection and there are very few similar cases. The majority were newly minted and some of them probably were bathed in silver, not just bronze,’ avarro said. I could not give you an economic value, because the value they really have is historical and you can’t calculate that.’
The Romans con uered the berian Peninsula in 218 BC, ruling until the early fifth century, when they were ousted by the isigoths. t is thought that the coins might have been intended to pay the army or civil servants, but no one knows why they never reached their destination. cavations are now being conducted in the area.
newly minted Roman coins