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Hoard of Roman Gold Coins Recovered from Spanish Seabed
From Heritage Daily, Luton, England
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Archaeologists from the University of Alicante and the Spanish Civil Guard Special Underwater Brigade, in collaboration with the Town Council of Xàbia, have recovered a hoard of 53 gold coins from the 4th and 5th century AD.
The horde was identified after two amateur free divers discovered eight coins in the bay of Portitxol in Xàbia.
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The bay of Portitxol is well known for the abundance of underwater archaeological remains, where studies have found anchors, amphora, ceramics, and artifacts associated with ancient navigation.
In a series of underwater studies, researchers recovered 53 Roman coins from the late Roman period around the 4th and 5th century AD, consisting of coins depicting Valentinian I (three coins), Valentinian II (seven coins), Theodosius I (15 coins), Arcadius (17 coins), Honorius (10 coins), and an unidentified coin.
The team also discovered nails, in addition to deteriorated lead remains that may belong to a sea chest. ...
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