Construction workers in Spain have unearthed a massive find in bronze Roman coins dating back to the 3rd century A.D. while digging a trench. The coins were contained in clay jugs called amphoras and there are 19 of them filled to the brim with coins.
The workers were going about their work day, digging a trench for electricity to be run into a park, when something wasn’t quite right prompting them to abruptly stop. The excavating machine hit something and this is when they saw all these coins that were around pieces of the jugs that the digging equipment had shattered. There were 19 jugs of coins in all and only nine remained intact, as 10 were shattered by the digging, reports CNN News on April 29.
The jugs were extremely heavy, as they were filled to the top with these coins, according to Anna Navarro, who is the head of the Archaeology Museum. She said it took more than one person to remove one jug. “What is incredible is a discovery of this size,” said Navarro. The coins weigh 1,300 pounds in all.
This find is certainly one of a kind because of the number of coins, but when asked what the value of this find might tally, she said it was of incalculable value. She believes this find is one of the most important from the era.
DB Techno News reports the coins appeared to be recently minted when put in the jugs for storage, according to the experts. They believe the money was going to be used to pay soldiers or servants. Still other theories bring taxes into play. There are an awful lot of coins in this find!
While it will never be known why the jugs of coins were buried beneath the ground, the front runner of theories is these were the coins socked away to pay taxes to the Roman Empire. It appears governments were burying money even back then and while this is still being done today, it is a bit more sophisticated as it is burried wasteful spending!