Sunday, 22 November 2015

Trove of ancient Roman coins found in Switzerland

A Swiss farmer has discovered a huge trove of ancient Roman coins in his cherry orchard. The stash of more than 4,000 bronze and silver coins is believed to have been buried some 1,700 years ago.
Weighing around 15kg (33lb), he discovered the coins after spotting something shimmering in a molehill. The regional archaeological service said the coin trove was one of the biggest such finds in Swiss history.

A Roman settlement was discovered in the nearby town of Frick in 2013.
Some of the coins date from AD 274 and the rule of Emperor Aurelian.
The find also included coins from the time of Emperor Maximian in 294.