Wednesday, January 31, 2007

DETECTOR FIND PROVES ROMAN RARITY (Isle of Wight County Press, UK)

A METAL detector enthusiast has unearthed in the West Wight a very rare coin of the first Roman emperor, Augustus.

The silver denarius was found by IW Metal Detecting Club member Rob Gates during a club dig last month. Its mint is unknown but experts say it is probably from the western half of the Roman Empire. How it came to be on the Island is open to speculation. Sam Moorhead, an expert in Roman coins at the British Museum, said the only other published example is in the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris. . . .

Full story at:
http://www.iwcp.co.uk/News/DETECTOR_FIND_PROVES_ROMAN_RARITY.aspx

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