Farmer Sees Odd Glimmer In Field…His Yield Was So Much Better Than Expected!!
Categories: On The Farm
They say that you shouldn’t make a mountain out of a molehill. However, what one Swiss farmer found in a molehill on his property wa certainly a mountain of rare and valuable historical objects.
The farmer, who lives in the town of Ueken, noticed a glimmering object on a molehill on his property under a cherry tree. When he went to look, he discovered a trove of 4,000 ancient Roman coins, stashed there over 1,700 years ago.
The bronze and silver coins discovered by the farmer July weighed 33 pounds collectively.
The coins — 4,166 in all — bore the images of the Roman emperors Aurelian (in power from 270 to 275) and Maximillian (286 to 305). The oldest coin verified by authorities was from the year 294.
The coins were in excellent condition, leading archaeologists to believe that they were stashed away shortly after they were minted.
“The orchard where the coins were found was never built on. It is land that has always been farmed,” archaeologist Georg Matter said, explaining why the stash went undisturbed for so long.
The farmer called in authorities after he found the coins; he suspected they were from the ancient Roman era because of a Roman outpost discovered in the nearby town of Frick a few months prior.
Believe it or not, the man won’t be receiving much money for his find.
“He will likely get a finders fee,” Matter said, “but the objects found belong to the public, in accordance with Swiss law.” They’ll go on display at the Vindonissa de Brugg Museum in Aargau, Switzerland.
It’s unknown why the person who buried the coins never returned for his stash. While the exact value of the coins is hard to pin down due to rampant inflation during the period in which they were buried, they would have been worth at least a year or two of wages.
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