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Oldest golden coin discovered in Slovenia first of a very rare type Alexander the Great stater

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A field in Bela Krajina, which was initially farmland, delivered a surprise find of an extremely rare golden Celtic coin dating back to 3rd century BC, which has only been found elsewhere in Europe before.  
It was attached to a bronze belt which was not intact enough to restore, but organic material preserved on the belt could potentially provide the possibility of carbon dating. The condition of the coin itself is well preserved.
Ceramics and iron weapons found in close proximity initially indicates the date to be around 3rd century BC.



It is the oldest coin found in Slovenia and a Celtic imitation of an Alexander the Great stater which features on one side an image of the goddess Nike and the other that of Athena.  
Celtic tribes brought the concept of using Staters as currency to Western and Central Europe, following their service as mercenaries in north Greece.  Gold staters were minted in Gaul by Gallic chiefs imitated the staters of Philip II of Macedonia, which found their way to …

Hoard of Roman coins unearthed under an old tree.

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A hoard of over 200 Roman silver and bronze coins was unearthed in the central part of Mezdra, Bulgaria. The hoard was found under the roots of an old plum tree, during clearing of a property belonging to sisters Neli and Petq Krustevi.
While removing the tree, the top of an old ceramic pot became visible. One of the workers attempted to remove the pot from the ground, but it broke because of it's fragile material and the ancient coins spilled out. The property owners have collected the coins with all pieces of the ceramic pot and reported it to the local museum.
Experts concluded that the coins are Roman Denarius and Antoninianus with various denomination and predominantly of silver content. Most dates from 1st century AD.



Exceptionally rare Early Medieval crucifix discovered.

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Mr. Tom Redmayne from Lincolnshire discovered a very rare ancient crucifix while metal detecting on a field in Skidbrooke.
The item has been evaluated to date from the Early Medieval age (AD950-1150).
Cast in lead alloy, it is described as 26.36mm in height, 18.7mm in width, with a weight of 4.01 grams. A dent on the top suggests it had a suspension loop.
The crucifix displays Christ on the cross with three emphasized dots on the torso, which experts believe may represent the Holy Trinity.
According to archaeologist Adam Daubney, from Lincolnshire County Council, only one other near identical, almost-complete piece was found on August 2015 in Swinhope.
Mr. Daubney also said the crucifix was likely designed in England from a Scandinavian prototype, but made overseas and tells us something about cross-channel trade and religion during that era.

Mr. Redmayne said when he found the item, he guessed it was possibly ancient, due to it's unrefined design, but did not initially realize t…