Construction workers digging a ditch to install a new waterline in Tomares, Spain, stumbled upon a huge hoard of Roman coins, The Huffington Post reported.
Archaeologists believe the coins date back to the third and fourth centuries as they bear the images of emperors Maximian and Constantine. The find is significant because of the number of coins and because many of the coins appear to be in mint, uncirculated condition, according to the report.
The massive haul weighed in at more than 1,300 pounds (about 590 kg), in 19 storage jars. Some of the storage containers were intact, while others had been damaged.
“Some of the coins, which appear to be mostly bronze, were probably silver-clad at one point in time,” said Ana Navarro, head of the Archaeological Museum of Seville. The Museum estimated that the coins have a street value of several million euros.
Spanish authorities aren’t sure why there were so many new coins in one place. Because of the historic nature of the find, construction on the area has been suspended until Spanish archaeologists can excavate the spot.
What an amazing find!