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Hoard of Roman gold coins found at former burial site in Netherlands

Hoard of Roman gold coins found at former burial site in Netherlands

gata.org / From Dutch News, Amsterdam, Netherlands / Friday, June 3, 2017

A hoard of coins dating from the final days of the Roman Empire has been found in an orchard in Gelderland. Experts believe the fortune was buried by a Frankish military leader in the second half of the fifth century, when the area was part of the Western Roman Empire, which collapsed in 476 A.D.

Some of the 41 gold pieces unearthed in Lienden, near Veenendaal, bear the image of Majorian, one of the empire’s last rulers, who reigned for four years from 457. “On that basis we think this treasure was buried in around 460,” said Nico Roymans, professor of archaeology at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. …

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