Ancient Roman Coin Stash Uncovered by Farmers in Switzerland: A Remarkable Find of 4,000 Coins

“A new collection of Roman coins has been discovered in a Swiss orchard, one of the largest among archaeological findings of this type.

A Swiss farmer discovered the ancient coins many months ago in Ueken, a small town in northwestern Switzerland.”

Some of the Roman coins found in Ueken, Aargau canton, are believed to have been buried 1,700 years ago. They were accidentally excavated while inspecting cherry trees. The farmer then contacted local archaeological experts, who confirmed the presence of a collection of more than 4,000 bronze and silver Roman coins.

Large troves of Roman coins are often discovered in Britain. In 2009, a collection of nearly 60,000 rust-worn coins, known as the Frome Hoard, was found in a field in Somerset. This Swiss collection is also one of the largest ever found outside of the UK, making it very special.

The discovery coincides with renewed global interest in Rome and Roman history, sparked by the finding of an intact tomb at the archaeological site of Pompeii in October.

Archaeologists explain that the reason Roman coins are typically found buried in large quantities may be because they were offered as ritual gifts to the Roman gods. This was the case for the Frome Hoard, but although the majority of the Swiss coins have been excavated, no definite answers regarding their original purpose have been hypothesized.

Archaeologists have determined that the owner systematically buried them between 270 and 294 AD and never returned to recover them.

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Near Mint: Bronze Coins Dating Back to Roman Times

Their silver content would have guaranteed certain value conservation in a time of economic uncertainty.

Swiss archaeologist Georg Matter was thrilled by the discovery.

“As an archaeologist, one hardly experiences something like this more than once in one’s career,” he told Spiegel Online.

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