A metal detectorist in Wales uncovered a fourth-century hoard of nearly 6,000 Roman coins. -EditorA deposit of almost 6,000 ancient Roman coins was unearthed in a farmer.s field by a metal detecting enthusiast. A present-day value is yet to be put on the coins, found buried in two pots and compared by one expert to an early single European currency.
The pots. combined contents of 5,913 copper-alloy coins from the early fourth century were uncovered over two days in April near Sully, in the Vale of Glamorgan. Most of the coins were minted in London, Trier and Lyon, but some came from more distant imperial outposts in what is now Croatia and Syria.
National Museum Wales numismatist Edward Besly said the Emperor Diocletian reformed the Roman currency around 295AD, although some of the coins belonged to an earlier denomination.
He said: .They are the same standard, same design. .An early single currency is one way of looking at it..
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Wayne Homren, Editor
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