Friday, 29 April 2016

Huge trove of Roman coins unearthed in Spain

Workers laying pipes in a southern Spanish park have unearthed a 600 kilogram (1,300 pounds) trove of Roman coins. The construction workers came across 19 amphoras containing thousands of unused bronze and silver-coated coins dating from the end of the fourth century.

The coins are believed to have been recently minted at the time and had probably been stored to pay soldiers or civil servants. The clay pots, 10 of which were said to be intact, were found just over a metre (yard) underground. The coins bear images of emperors Constantine and Maximian and with a variety of pictorial images on the reverse.

The Romans began to conquer Spain in 218 B.C. and ruled until the fifth century.
Hispania was the Roman name for the Iberian Peninsula. Under the Republic, Hispania was divided into two provinces: Hispania Citerior and Hispania Ulterior.

Latin was the official language of Hispania during the Rome's more than 600 years of rule, and by the empire's end in Hispania around 460 AD, all the original Iberian languages, except the ancestor of modern Basque, were extinct. Even after the fall of Rome Latin was spoken by nearly all of the population.