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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Hospital Chef Unearths Hoard of Roman Coins

Dave Crisp, a hospital chef, came across the buried treasure while searching for "metal objects" in a field near Frome, Somerset in southwestern England. The hoard contains 766 coins bearing an image of the Roman general Marcus Aurelius Carausius, who ruled Britain independently from AD 286 to AD 293 and was the first Roman emperor to strike coins in Britain.

All together there are close to 52,000 coins  worth $1 million dollars, discovered in an enormous pot used for storing food around 286AD.The hoard was transferred to the British Museum in London where the coins were cleaned and recorded.

Read the story:  Amateur unearths 52,000 Roman coins worth $1m


Richard Wing said...

Pretty impressive find. I can only imagine how he felt when unearthing this treasure. I would be curious if the surrounding area has any more treasures from the past similar to these Roman coins.

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

It makes you wonder just why such a vast amount of money was hidden away. Not just a small hoard!

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