More than 5,500 silver coins buried in a river for nearly 1800 years are now in the hands of scientists. Archaeologists have discovered coins in Augsburg, Germany. At the time of the burial of coins, the Roman Empire was in full swing. Its coins were reaching every nook and corner of the empire and also the outskirts. Stefan Kramnisek, a professor of ancient numismatics at the University of Tübingen in Germany, explained that these coins are ‘Daenerys’ which were the standard silver denomination from the 1st to 3rd centuries AD.
According to the report of Live Science, archaeologists found this pile in the depths of an old river earlier this year. Coins were scattered in the excavated pit so it is not known how they were originally placed. Kramnisek said that the hiding place may have been washed away several centuries later by a flood of the Wertach River, causing the coins to be scattered in the river.
coins minted in the third century
He said that we have just started cleaning and research of coins. But so far it appears that the newest coin in this pile was minted in the early 3rd century. This means that this pile must have been deposited during the third century. He said that at the moment we guess that this pile was buried outside the Roman city of Augusta Vindelicum in the early 3rd century.
Why were the coins buried?
Kramniek reported that at that time Augusta Vindelicum was the capital of the Roman province of Ratia. Why were these coins buried? This is a mystery researchers are trying to solve. We do not yet know why these were deposited, he said. The heap was excavated by Sebastian Garhos, director of the Archaeological Service of the city of Augsburg. No other artifact was found near the pile of coins.