Construction workers in Spain unearthed an extremely rare treasure trove containing more than 1,300 pound of Roman coins. The coins were made of bronze and were found in 19 Roman jugs, called amphoras. The workers who discovered the coins were digging a trench near the town of Tomares.
CNN reported on Friday that Lola Vallejo, a Urban Councillor at Tomares, said that the crew was digging a trench to install electricity at the nearby Zaudin Park when they suddenly came upon something unusual. “The machines hit against something that wasn’t normal for this soil,” said Vallejo. “The workers immediately stopped, and soon discovered that there were many coins there, inside broken amphoras.”
According to Spanish newspaper El Pais, archaeologists are calling the discovery a unique find in Spain, and possibly the world. “What is incredible is a discovery of this size — there are 19 amphoras, all complete, and I can assure you that they can’t be moved by one person alone, because they weigh so much due to the coins inside,” said Ana Navarro, of the Archaeology Museum in Seville. “Ten of (the amphoras) were broken while they were digging up the trench, and the others, as you can see, we have here, whole and full of this set of coins.”
The coins held by the amphoras are all more or less the same, and show an emperor on one side and a number of Roman sayings on the back. The current theory is that the money was supposed to pay imperial taxes or army levies. Researchers are impressed both by the homogeneity of the coins, as well as their condition. The coins evidently never entered circulation, and are not at all worn by use.