Wednesday, October 17, 2012

English city to show off Roman gold coins find (Update)


Julian solidus, ca. 361, from Sirmium mint
Julian solidus, ca. 361, from Sirmium mint (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In this undated photo released by St Albans City and District Council on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, late Roman gold coins, examples of the solidus, a high-value coin struck in the late fourth century, are photographed before going on display at the Verulamium Museum, St Albans, England. A curator at the museum says the coins, found on private land north of St. Albans, would have been used for major transactions such as buying land or ship cargoes. 


Staff at St. Albans' Verulamium Musem showed off the 159 coins for TV cameras on Wednesday. The coins are examples of the solidus, high-value coins that would been used for major transactions such as buying land or ship cargo, said David Thorold, a curator at the museum.

Officials say the coins were found on private land north of St. Albans, but have not identified the site. The town, which is 22 miles (35 kilometers) north of London, also boasts a Roman theater and ruins of ancient walls. Brick salvaged from the Roman city can also be seen in parts of the city's medieval cathedral.

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