Hundreds of gold coins dating to Rome's Imperial era found in Italy

Sep 12, 2018 474


It was an amphora, not a pot, but archaeologists found a literal jackpot in a dig in northern Italy last week. No word on if there was a rainbow. Hundreds of gold coins dating from Rome's late Imperial era, the 4th or 5th century, were found Friday at a dig in Como, Italy, according to the Italian Ministry of Culture.

The ministry shared photos of the shiny coins, which were spilling out of an amphora -- a Roman jar with two handles -- buried in the dirt.  Minister Alberto Bonisoli said the discovery "fills me with pride." "We do not yet know in detail the historical and cultural significance of the finding," Bonisoli said in Italian on Facebook, "but that area is proving to be a true treasure for our #archaeology."

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