The chest with coins was hidden to protect it from being robbed.
At the bottom of the sea in the bay of the Spanish city of Javea, archaeologists have discovered ancient Roman gold coins. They have lain in the water for 1.5 thousand years, and they date them to the end of the 4th – beginning of the 5th century, reports with reference to.
The treasure was found in Poritchol Bay, where many underwater archaeological excavations have been carried out. First, 8 coins from the collection of ancient Roman coins were found by amateur divers Luis Lance and Cesar Gimeno.
The men reported their discovery to the city authorities, and then led the marine archaeologists to the site. Experts have discovered 53 coins of the late 4th – early 5th centuries AD.
Managed to identify:
- 3 coins depicting the Roman emperor Valentinian I;
- 7 coins depicting Valentinian II;
- 15 – Theodosius I the Great,
- 17 – from Arcadio;
- 10 – from Honorius.
Rusty nails and the remains of lead lay around the find. Experts suggested that the chest with coins was hidden to protect it from being robbed, but over time the tree rotted and the coins scattered along the bottom of the bay.
Note! It is one of the largest treasures of Roman gold coins found in Spain. According to scientists, given the historical value of the treasure, it is invaluable.