Recently Archeologists are studying valuable old Roman coins that were recently discovered on the site of a theater in northern Italy.
300 coins were found and date back to the late Roman imperial era and were discovered in a soapstone jar unearthed in the basement of the Cressoni Theater in Como located north of Milan.
“We do not yet know in detail the historical and cultural significance of the find,” said Culture Minister Alberto Bonisoli in a press release. “But that area is proving to be a real treasure for our archeology. A discovery that fills me with pride.”
The coins were “buried it in such a way that in case of danger they could go and retrieve it,” said Maria Grazia Facchinetti, a numismatist — or expert in rare coins — at a Monday press conference.
“They were stacked in rolls similar to those seen in the bank today,” she said, adding the coins have engravings about emperors Honorius, Valentinian III, Leon I, Antonio, and Libio Severo “so they don’t go beyond 474 AD.”
“All of this makes us think that the owner is not a private subject, rather it could be a public bank or deposit,” Facchinetti added.
Inside the jar, a gold bar was also found by Archeologists.
According to the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, the coins were discovered last week. It was then transferred to the Mibac restoration laboratory in Milan where archaeologists and restorers are examining them.
A value has not been placed on the coins by the ministry. However reports in the Italian media suggest they could be worth millions of dollars.