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More than 650 silver Roman coins found in a jug in Turkey - CNN Style

More than 650 silver Roman coins found in a jug in Turkey
Published 9th February 2021

The haul contained 651 Roman coins.



Credit: Pamukkale University



More than 650 silver Roman coins found in a jug in Turkey


Written by Jack Guy, CNN

Details of a "very special" haul of 651 Roman coins found in the ancient city of Aizanoi in Turkey have been released by researchers behind the discovery.

The silver coins were found in a jug during archeological excavations led by researchers from Pamukkale University, according to a press release from the university.

The ruins of Aizanoi are found in modern day Kutahya province, western Turkey.

The coins were found in 2019 and date from the period of Emperor Augustus, who ruled from 44 BC to 14 AD.
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He was the first Roman emperor, who took over from Julius Caesar and built an empire that would eventually stretch from the UK to Egypt, boasting on his death bed that, "I found Rome built of bricks, and left it marble."

Many of the coins feature Augustus' face, while others bear the likenesses of Marcus Junius Brutus -- one of the ringleaders in the assassination of Caesar in 44 BC -- and some show Caesar himself.

Archeologists believe the coins may have been brought to Aizanoi by a soldier.



Archeologists believe the coins may have been brought to Aizanoi by a soldier. Credit: Pamukkale University

Elif Ozer, head archeologist and professor at the university, said the coins were "a very special and unique collection" which may have been brought to Aizanoi by a high-ranking soldier.

The majority of the coins appear to have been minted in southern Italy, the press release, published earlier this month, said.

"It is the most special silver coin find of recent times," added Ozer.

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Bought by an anonymous bidder for £2.7 million ($3.5 million), the "aureus" coin featured a portrait of Brutus.
 

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More than 650 silver Roman coins found in a jug in Turkey - CNN Style

More than 650 silver Roman coins found in a jug in Turkey
Published 9th February 2021

The haul contained 651 Roman coins.



Credit: Pamukkale University



More than 650 silver Roman coins found in a jug in Turkey


Written by Jack Guy, CNN

Details of a "very special" haul of 651 Roman coins found in the ancient city of Aizanoi in Turkey have been released by researchers behind the discovery.

The silver coins were found in a jug during archeological excavations led by researchers from Pamukkale University, according to a press release from the university.

The ruins of Aizanoi are found in modern day Kutahya province, western Turkey.

The coins were found in 2019 and date from the period of Emperor Augustus, who ruled from 44 BC to 14 AD.
French man investigated over 27,400 item archaeological hoard

He was the first Roman emperor, who took over from Julius Caesar and built an empire that would eventually stretch from the UK to Egypt, boasting on his death bed that, "I found Rome built of bricks, and left it marble."

Many of the coins feature Augustus' face, while others bear the likenesses of Marcus Junius Brutus -- one of the ringleaders in the assassination of Caesar in 44 BC -- and some show Caesar himself.

Archeologists believe the coins may have been brought to Aizanoi by a soldier.



Archeologists believe the coins may have been brought to Aizanoi by a soldier. Credit: Pamukkale University

Elif Ozer, head archeologist and professor at the university, said the coins were "a very special and unique collection" which may have been brought to Aizanoi by a high-ranking soldier.

The majority of the coins appear to have been minted in southern Italy, the press release, published earlier this month, said.

"It is the most special silver coin find of recent times," added Ozer.

Hundreds of Roman gold coins found in basement of old theater
In September 2018, at least 300 Roman coins were found in a soapstone jar unearthed in the basement of the Cressoni Theater in Como, north of Milan.

And in October, an ancient Roman coin described as a "naked and shameless celebration" of the assassination of Caesar set a new record for a coin sold at auction.

Bought by an anonymous bidder for £2.7 million ($3.5 million), the "aureus" coin featured a portrait of Brutus.
Would have been a whole lot more exciting if YOU or I had found them.

:groucho:
 

West

Senior nut
What would they of weighed? Approximately?

WAG... 15 to 20 pounds. At least 10 to 20 pounds less than a monster box.

Would also muse that it was enough real coin to live off of for about 1 to 5 years back then?

Edited to add more realistic guesses. TY, Doz.
 
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Dozdoats

On TB every waking moment
Weight?

Say they were all US 90% quarters. A $1000 face bag of quarters weighs abut 53 pounds and has 4000 quarters give or take, and contains 715 oz. of silver.

650 quarters would weigh 13- 15 pounds, I would guess, and that's probably about what that many Roman coins would weigh. But you have to keep in mind that the Romans did inflation the old fashioned way, by decreasing the amount of silver in the coins, so it gets a lot more elaborate than just weight to figure comparative values.

Wonder if anyone will get excited over a wallet of Bitcoin 2000 years from now? :D
 
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