Cache of 2,300-year-old coins found in Romania by man digging hole for swimming pool

Roman coin/Moneda romana, Cosmin Vasile, Președinte Consiliul Județean Dolj
Roman coin/Moneda romana, Cosmin Vasile, Președinte Consiliul Județean Dolj

A trove of ancient coins and silver trinkets unearthed last year will be exhibited in a museum in southern Romania after the artifacts have been fully restored, an official said. 

Archaeologists say some of the rare coins and silver jewelry are 2,300 years old and are of „exceptional value.” They date back to the Roman and Dacian eras.

They were discovered in May 2020 by a man digging a hole in his garden for a swimming pool.

The cache contains 100 Roman coins and silver trinkets , the chairman of Dolj County Council, Cosmin Vasile said Friday.

The unnamed man who found the treasure has received a reward worth 45% of their value, as he’s legally entitled to, he said.

„A real treasure trove found in the garden of a local resident is in the keep of the Oltenia Museum in Craiova. They are undergoing a full restoration process,” the official said.

“He was digging in a garden for a swimming pool when he stumbled on a ceramic bowl full of coins.”

The man alerted authorities and the dish was taken by county authorities, he wrote on Facebook.

The Roman coins and Dacian jewelry will be displayed in the museum in the coming months, he said.

The Romans invaded Dacia at the beginning of the 2nd century AD seeking the control of the Carpathian gold mines.

Metal detector enthusiasts and amateur archaeologists and find medieval coins quite regularly in Romania. Some rural areas have been left untouched for centuries.

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