Construction workers have unearthed a 1,300-pound trove of ancient coins. These were found to be Roman coins dated in the 3rd and 4th century A.D. The discovery was made in the city of Tomares, in Andalusia while workers were working on water pipelines.
What makes this discovery especially remarkable is that the coins appear to have never been in circulation, which means that they were stored brand new. The coins were found by the workers when they noticed and irregular terrain inside a ditch, at approximately a meter below ground. Some of the 19 amphorae found were broken, spilling out the coins but others were intact, filled to the brim with the coins.
Ana Navarro, head of the Seville’s Archaeology Museum told El Pais, “This finding is extremely important.” Navarro also said that the coins feature images of Emperors Constantine and Maximian. The treasure of coins in ancient time represented a fortune. Today, they are worth several million euros. “I could not give you a monetary value, because the value they really have is historical and you can’t calculate that,” Navarro said.
Experts believe that the coins were never in circulation and that they were probably a contribution to a tax collection or a fee paid to the Roman Empire by the Spaniards. After experts take a closer look at the coins, these will become part of the Seville Archaeological Museum.
Most of the coins were newly minted and some of them were bathed in silver and bronze.
The construction at the site has been paused to allow archaeologists to study the place they were found. A spokesman at Andalusia’s Ministry of Culture in Seville told The Local, “We have a team looking into the discovery right now. We believe it is hugely important and will have more information very soon.”