Treasure Trove of Two Millennia Old Roman Silver Coins Unearthed in Turkey

Archeologists have unearthed a collection of 651 silver Roman coins in a jug during an excavation in the ancient city of Aizanoi in Western Turkey, according to a press release from the Pamukkkale University.

The researchers said in the statement that 439 of the coins were denarii, a type of silver coin dating back in the third century B.C. while 212 were cistophori, silver coins from the ancient Greek city of Pergamum in modern-day Turkey.

“It is the most special silver coin find of recent times,” Head Archeologist Elif Ozer said.

Ozer, who supervised the excavation, said that the “very special and unique” collection of coins may have belonged to a high-ranking Roman soldier during the reign of Emperor August from 44 B.C. to 14 A.D.

According to Ozer, three terracota plates covered the ancient jug that contained the coins, of which many featured Augustus. Others featured Marcus Junius Brutus, while some featured Julius Caesar.

According to the statement, most of the coins appeared to have been minted in Southern Italy and were still well-preserved with legible engravings.

Discovered as a part of an archaeological excavation effort that started in 2011, the coins were first found in 2019, but the researchers only recently discovered the importance of their find due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization included Aizanoi, home to the best-preserved Zeus Temple, in its World Heritage Tentative List in 2012.

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