Hundreds Of Gold Coins Dating To Rome’s Imperial Era Found In Italy

It was an amphora, not a pot, but archaeologists found a literal jackpot in a dig in northern Italy last week. No word on if there was a rainbow.

Hundreds of gold coins dating from Rome’s late Imperial era, the 4th or 5th century, were found at a dig in Como, Italy, according to the Italian Ministry of Culture.

The coins, at least 300 of them, date back to the late Roman imperial era and were found in a soapstone jar unearthed in the basement of the Cressoni Theater in Como, north of Milan.

Minister Alberto Bonisoli said the discovery “fills me with pride.”

“We do not yet know in detail the historical and cultural significance of the finding,” Bonisoli said in Italian on Facebook, “but that area is proving to be a true treasure for our #archaeology.”

The ministry did not place a value on the coins. But reports in the Italian media suggest they could be worth millions of dollars.

The historic Cressoni Theater opened in 1807 before transitioning into a cinema and eventually closing in 1997. According to the ministry, the location is not far from the Novum Comum forum region, where other significant Roman artifacts were found. The discovery is one of several unexpected Roman coin finds in recent years.

In 2016, archaeologists unearthed a rare 2,000-year-old Roman a gold coin in Jerusalem. The coin featured the face of Nero, the Roman emperor best known for playing the fiddle while Ancient Rome burned, and was likely struck in 56-57 AD.

According to the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, the coins in Como were discovered last week and transferred to a restoration laboratory in Milan, where they will be examined further by archaeologists.

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