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600 Kilos of 4th Century Roman Bronze Coins Discovered in Spain

600 Kilos of 4th Century Roman Bronze Coins Discovered in Spain

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Works being carried out in the town of Tomares in Spain have brought to light 19 Roman amphorae containing 600 kilos (1322.77 lbs.) of bronze coins from the 4th century: a finding that archaeologists consider rare in Spain and perhaps worldwide as well.

According to information published by the Spanish newspaper 20 Minutos , the amphorae – 10 complete and nine broken - do not correspond to those used at the time for wine or grain transport, but are smaller and were found in a sealed receptacle covered with broken materials. The formidable set was found during construction work in Olivar del Zaudín Park in Tomares.

The researchers’ initial hypothesis about such an accumulation of coins in one receptacle is that the money could have been destined to pay imperial taxes or the army. Sources from the Ministry of Culture explained to 20 Minutos that the coins “were deliberately hidden in an underground space and covered by some bricks and ceramic material.”

Some of the amphorae as they were discovered.

Some of the amphorae as they were discovered. ( 20 Minutos )

The coins, which are now in the Archaeological Museum of Seville awaiting the necessary reports to determine their value, show the figure of an emperor on the front and various Roman symbols on the back, such as one referring to abundance. They were probably minted in the East and all have been called Fleur de Coin (essentially a perfect coin): they have not circulated and therefore do not present any wear.

As reported by the Spanish newspaper El País , the councilwoman, Lola Vallejo, said that the discovery of the amphorae is "timely", so that the canalization in Olivar del Zaudín Park "will continue normally".

Nine of the 10 complete amphorae.

Nine of the 10 complete amphorae. ( 20 Minutos/Ayuntamiento de Tomares/ EFE )

Lola Vallejo explained to El Pais that when work began in one of the trenches they had just gone one meter (3.28 ft.) deep when the machine detected something that was not normal, so "they stopped the work" and that was when the workers discovered the amphorae.

From there, she went on to say that "the proper protocol was activated as it is established in these cases" and the Civil Guard and archaeologists "went to determine the correct procedure." Then "archaeologists indicated that they should open a wider trench" and by "late afternoon the process was completed and they told us it was a timely discovery, so today works could continue as normal."

Some of the amphorae and coins that were unearthed in Tomares, Spain.

Some of the amphorae and coins that were unearthed in Tomares, Spain. ( Paco Puentes/El País )

Featured Image: An amphora filled with coins that was unearthed in Tomares, Spain. Source: Paco Puentes/El País

By Mariló T. A.

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Perhaps these coins being actually, counterfeied ! They were not government backed, were More likely made to fund an army that did not form. but as to That history, who knows..
When some rebellion wanted to get an army together, they would need money, for arms and such; so as to print these coins to falsely fund it. Notice no distinct roman emperor on them, and various depicts on opposite sides of coins. So those who desperately wanted to fund an army of their own, perhaps rebellious slaves. Rebellion was big in AD Rome. coins like this can be justified this way.
Also falsely making coins would thus sanction or weaken roman currency, but were buried from those who made them, could not just simply get rid of them so quickly and safely, so they buried them. Would be faster than just melting them down, that would take time. Bury them would take just a short while in same day. And not marking where they were, they were meant to be forgotten, as to falsify coin making in Rome would be a death sentence if caught.. Also seems that rebellious slaves would fight to gain arms, but these coins were probably made in attempt, to buy arms or buy arms to be made for them. But upon realizing they would not achieve this, or get caught spending them, they ceased and buried them to rid of them faster..

This seems like a completely bogus, set up “find” for some ulterior agenda.  What chance would archaeologists have of finding a giant stash of coins from today in mint, uncirculated condition? 

None.  Trading in coins did not begin until Meyer Rothschild.  Before WWII, coin catalogues of ancient coins displayed very few coins.  After WWII, these catalogues have become behemoths with coins from every imaginable and tons of unknown past people.

I think most of it goes to cover up the fact that we have learned mostly lies for history.  I think our masters have added at least a thousand years to our history, maybe 2000.  Coins help to add weight to the bogus history.

Tom Carberry

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