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UK treasure hunter finds 52,000 ancient Roman coins
Yahoo ^ | July 6, 2010 | Robert Barr

Posted on 07/08/2010 11:14:24 AM PDT by GeronL

LONDON – A treasure hunter has found about 52,500 Roman coins, one of the largest such discoveries ever in Britain, officials said Thursday.

The hoard, which was valued at 3.3 million pounds ($5 million), includes hundreds of coins bearing the image of Marcus Aurelius Carausius, who seized power in Britain and northern France in the late third century and proclaimed himself emperor.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: carausius; davecrisp; epigraphyandlanguage; frome; godsgravesglyphs; romanempire; somerset
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wow.
1 posted on 07/08/2010 11:14:28 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: SunkenCiv

wow.

I guess he found the local Roman Treasury


2 posted on 07/08/2010 11:16:00 AM PDT by GeronL (Just say NO to conservativecave.com, it rots your teeth!)
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To: GeronL
The coins were buried in a large jar about a foot (30 centimeters) deep and weighed about 160 kilograms (350 pounds) in all. Crisp said a "funny signal" from his metal detector prompted him to start digging.

Fascinating...

3 posted on 07/08/2010 11:16:39 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: dragnet2

Apparenty from the tail end of the Roman empire when it was breaking up.


4 posted on 07/08/2010 11:19:47 AM PDT by GeronL (Just say NO to conservativecave.com, it rots your teeth!)
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To: GeronL

I’ll bet that he has no claim to them. Maybe he will get a thank you from the government when they take them.


5 posted on 07/08/2010 11:20:07 AM PDT by FreePaul
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To: GeronL; SunkenCiv

Isn’t this Carausius guy one of the real-life historical figures whose stories were morphed together over the centuries to form the King Arthur legend?


6 posted on 07/08/2010 11:23:33 AM PDT by sinanju
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To: GeronL

Hey, that’s where I dropped my bag of old coins!!!


7 posted on 07/08/2010 11:24:18 AM PDT by bgill (how could a young man born here in Kenya, who is not even a native American, become the POTUS)
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To: GeronL
Cool ...

8 posted on 07/08/2010 11:24:47 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: bgill

they just happened to land in a big old Roman clay pot, huh?


9 posted on 07/08/2010 11:26:50 AM PDT by GeronL (Just say NO to conservativecave.com, it rots your teeth!)
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To: FreePaul

probably.


10 posted on 07/08/2010 11:27:52 AM PDT by GeronL (Just say NO to conservativecave.com, it rots your teeth!)
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To: oh8eleven

The coin on the left looks like it says ‘Septimus’.

The emperor Lucius Septimus Severus (who died in York reigned from 14 April 193 until his death in 211 AD.


11 posted on 07/08/2010 11:31:16 AM PDT by SMARTY ("What luck for rulers that men do not think." Adolph Hitler)
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To: oh8eleven

The coin on the left looks like it says ‘Septimus’.

The emperor Lucius Septimus Severus (who died in York) reigned from 14 April 193 until his death in 211 AD.


12 posted on 07/08/2010 11:31:48 AM PDT by SMARTY ("What luck for rulers that men do not think." Adolph Hitler)
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To: FreePaul

Incorrect.

He and the landowner will share the trove value, which is generally higher than any precious metal value of the coins. The ironclad provenance of these coins easily doubles their value.


13 posted on 07/08/2010 11:32:20 AM PDT by agere_contra (Obama did more damage to the Gulf economy in one day than Pemex/Ixtoc did in nine months)
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To: GeronL

Very noble of him to call the proper authorities and hand it over knowing that he will get nothing and instead it will be locked up somewhere or sold to pay for more fabulous British health care.


14 posted on 07/08/2010 11:34:09 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: GeronL

You’re probably correct.

On a side note, I’ve always thought the earth, just under the surface and oceans, holds many undiscovered, fantastic objects. More so than what most would imagine...Objects that would likely scare a lot of people and shatter a lot of beliefs. JMO.


15 posted on 07/08/2010 11:34:22 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: sinanju
Not that I know of.

Lucius Artorius Castus was a Roman soldier (2nd or 3rd century) who is sometimes seen as a historical figure who became one source for the story of Arthur.

16 posted on 07/08/2010 11:35:13 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: GeronL

Mint condition.


17 posted on 07/08/2010 11:37:04 AM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: GeronL

I just unearthed a group of coins which are apparently constructed of cow dung and have the latin name “Obamus” on one side and “Idiotus” on the other.

Any opinion on the worth?


18 posted on 07/08/2010 11:38:37 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: GeronL

I wonder when a Barack coin will be proposed. Maybe a dollar piece, like the Susan B. Anthony octagonal coin,.


19 posted on 07/08/2010 11:39:27 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: GeronL

I always enjoy reading about these discoveries.

The Hoxne and Staffordshire hoards are magnificent.

And I’ll have to say the U.K. has a pretty fair compensatory scheme for the finders.


20 posted on 07/08/2010 11:39:51 AM PDT by primeval patriot
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