Two amateur divers who swam along the coast of Spain discover a huge treasure of gold coins
Divers Luis Lens Pardo and Cesar Gimeno Alcaladiscovered a golden cache while vacationing in Javea, a coastal Mediterranean city and tourist destination in Spain. The men rented snorkelling equipment to go freediving and collect trash. While cleaning, Lance noticed Pardo noticed the flickering of a coin at the bottom of Portitxol Bay.
Coins from an underwater treasure buried off the coast of Spain. (Image courtesy of the City Council of Javea; University of Alicante)
After cleaning the coin, Lance Pardo saw that there wasthere was "an ancient image, like a Greek or Roman face." Intrigued, the divers returned and dug up a total of eight coins. Surprised by the find, the men reported it to the authorities the next day. Soon, a group of archaeologists from the University of Alicante, the Soler Blasco Archaeological and Ethnological Museum and the Spanish Civil Guard's Special Underwater Brigade, in collaboration with the City Council of Javea, came together to excavate and explore the treasure.
With the help of archaeologists, experts discovered that inthe pit also contained 53 gold coins dating between 364 and 408 AD, when the Western Roman Empire was in decline. Each coin weighs about 4.5 g.
The treasure is so well preserved that archaeologistseasily read the inscriptions and identified the Roman emperors on the coins. Valentinian I was depicted on three coins, Valentinian II on seven, Theodosius I on fifteen, Arkady on seventeen, Honorius on ten. Also, representatives of the University of Alicante said that the image on one coin could not be identified. The hoard also contained three nails, probably made of copper, and the dilapidated leaden remains of what might have been a sea chest that contained wealth.
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