Cache of over 200 ancient Roman silver coins found

A trove of over 200 silver coins minted during 2nd century AD in the Roman Empire were discovered by an amateur at a site by the Świsłocz river, near Kuźnica, North-East Poland. It is the largest cache of coins found in the region.

The coins fount within the cache (by Andrzej Zgiet)

The coins were found in the end of May at a hill by the Świsłocz river. Most of the 200 silver coins depict the Emperor Hadrian, Antoninus Pius, his wife, Faustina Major, and her daughter – Faustina Minor. Investigation of the site of discovery revealed that the coins were deposited there in originally, possibly to hide them or as a gift to the gods. So far archaeologists did not find such a large trove of ancient coins in the region of North-East Poland. The river Świsłocz was an important link between the river routes through rivers Narew, Supraśl and Niemno. In the period when the coins were minted tribes of Goths lived in the area, and trade thrived between barbarians and the Roman Empire, with one of the trade routes leading through the are of the discovery. The coins are now scheduled for evaluation of their value, conservation, and will be exhibited by the Muzeum Podlaskie in Białystok.

Archaeologist Adam Wawrusiewicz studying the coins (by Andrzej Zgiet)

(after Kurier Poranny & Andrzej Zgiet)

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