Roman Coins: An exciting archeological find in Como, Italy just north of Milan was announced in September of 2020 by the Italian Minister for Culture.
In the basement of a theatre being renovated, the workers stumbled upon what they thought was a large soapstone jar that, after examination from scientists, turned out to be amphora filled with stacked gold coins from the Roman Empire worth perhaps millions of dollars
The coins were a surprise to the experts as large jugs with handles on either side, amphora, usually held wines and foodstuffs for the Romans.
According to npr.org, the Roman coins show the images of emperors Honorius, Valentinian III, Leon I, Antonio and Libio Severo all before 474 AD.
The images of the emperors will help to correct any modern assumptions as to how they looked and help scientists to learn more about this turbulent time in Italy
Because of the way the coins were so nicely stacked, coin expert Maria Grazia Facchinetti believes the cache was not the property of a common citizen but possibly a public bank although at the time Germanic invaders were closing in on Italy and a wealthy person or group of people may have hidden the gold for safekeeping.
The excavators currently plan on leaving the amphora in the dirt and removed twenty seven coins representative of the cache for examination by Milan’s Mibac restoration laboratory until everything can be done in a proper archeological fashion.
The Como theatre in which the discovery was made, Teatro Cressoni, was built in 1870 and saw life as a residential home and a cinema before it was abandoned in 1997. The theatre was being renovated to turn the building into apartments, according to newsweek.com.
For now, the work will be suspended until a full archeological dig is done to discover if anything else is under the building. Local archeology superintendent Luca Rinaldi remarked, “We are talking about an exceptional discovery…It’s practically an entire collection unlike anything else ever found in northern Italy; coins that are found are stuck together but these are all separate, it was like opening a wallet.”
Culture Minister Alberto Bonisoli remarked that the find was “a discovery that fills me with pride.” Comocopanian.com tells us Cuomo was originally an old Roman town that went by the name of Novum Comum and was founded by Julius Caesar in 59BC