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Exceptionally rare gold coin worth 100k found in pristine condition

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A metal detector enthusiast made the discovery of a lifetime while searching on a freshly ploughed farm field near a historical Roman road in Dover, Kent.  As the 30-year-old detectorist removed the dirt from the shiny find, his initial reaction was that it must be a fake, as it was in absolute pristine condition.
Following authentication by the British Museum, it was confirmed that he found an exceptionally rare 24 carat Aureus coin, embellished with the face of Emperor Allectus who reigned during 293 AD, which dates it back to almost 2000 years ago.

The finder said 'At first I was quite skeptical of its authenticity because it was so shiny but when I realized what it could be potentially I just completely freaked out by it.'

The coin is approximately the size of a modern one penny and weighs 4.31 grams.  Displayed on one side is the head of Allectus and on the other, that of two captives kneeling at the feet of Apollo.

The only other known specimen of this coin in in the wo…

Unique, perfectly preserved treasure of 300 gold coins worth millions of Euros discovered in Italy


A soapstone pot containing 300 gold coins dating back to 5th century AD has been found in the town of Como, near Milan, Italy following a search under a long-abandoned theater. The Cressoni Theater was opened in 1870 and abandoned in 1997.
New owners of the land on which the theater stands plan to demolish the old building and replace it with luxury residences. The pot with gold coins, along with a gold bar and two other objects which are currently in a process of being identified were discovered in the basement of the theater. The pot itself is a significant find, as it is a unique design, never seen before.
The coins were packed into little stacks and with time latches together, therefore needs to be carefully separated. 27 coins have been successfully separated and all dates to the 5th century, from the reign of Emperors Honorius, Valentinian III, Leo I the Thracian and Libius Severus.


During that era, there was little currency flow in the Roman economic system which makes the discovery of such a large hoard a mystery. It is still unclear whether the gold coins were placed all at once in the vessel or perhaps over a period of time, historians will be using layer analysis to determine this. The treasure was stashed in such a way that it could be easily retrieved and it is believed that it may have belonged to an elite member of society as the site is closely situated to the forum of the Roman city where banks and temples traded and also wealthy people were residing. A further search of the area is expected to uncover more artifacts.

 

                       

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