Construction workers in Spain were digging a ditch in order to run water lines in Tomares, a city in Andalusia, where they made the most unusual discovery. They found jars buried in the ground where they were working. It was a group of jars, some broken and some unbroken but all filled with the same thing. Roman coins. Thirteen hundred pounds of them, with a value of several million dollars.
The workers found the coins, which weighed in at more than 1,300 pounds (about 590 kg), in 19 storage jars. Some of the storage containers were intact, while others had been damaged. According to the Huffington Post, the find is significant because of the number of coins and because many of the coins appear to be in mint, uncirculated condition.
Some of the coins, which appear to be mostly bronze, were probably silver-clad at one point in time, according to Ana Navarro, head of the Archaeological Museum of Seville. Navarro estimated that the coins have a street value of several million euro, according to Huffington Post.
Archaeologists believe the coins date back to the third and fourth centuries as they bear the images of emperors Maximian and Constantine. Spanish authorities aren’t sure why there were so many new coins in one place.
According to the Washington Post, the coins may have been meant to pay soldiers or for taxes. Because of the historic nature of the find, construction on the area has been suspended until Spanish archaeologists can excavate the spot.
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