Unearthed 1,300 pounds – half a ton- of Roman coins


In Tomares, Spain, whilst digging ditches and laying pipes, workers stumbled upon a literal treasure trove.

It seems that sometime in the past, one person (or several people) buried nineteen jars filled with Roman coins in what would become Zaudin Park. Naturally after the find, all work on the park has been halted for now.

Experts are hailing the discovery as unique. Nine of the nineteen jars (or amphoras) were intact — although several broke during excavation — and all of the jars contained thousands of bronze and silver-coated coins.

Buried about a meter deep, the jars weighed a total 1,300 pounds. After their recovery, they were brought to the Seville Archaeological Museum.

The treasure trove of coins was hidden in 19 pottery jugs. Photo courtesy of the Archeological Museum of Seville
The treasure trove of coins was hidden in 19 pottery jugs. Photo credit Archeological Museum of Seville

The coins within the jars, according to the Seville Archaeological Museum, date from the end of the fourth century. At the time of their burial, they are believed to have been newly minted.

They bear the images of emperors Constantine or Maxmian on one side, and on the other side, the images appear to be from various Roman stories.

The museum had nothing similar to these coins in their collection, and once the coins have been thoroughly examined they will be put on display for the public.

Ana Navarro Ortega, head of the museum, said that they had contacted counterparts in Britain, France, and Italy. Apparently, the Tomares jars are one of the most important finds from the period.

Excavation of the jars is difficult due to their weight and fragility. As previously mentioned, several of the jars broke during the process, despite the care taken by archaeologists.

“I can assure you that the jugs cannot be lifted by one person because of their weight and the quantity of the coins inside,” Ortega said. “So now what we have to do is begin to understand the historical and archaeological context of this discovery.”

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