(ORDO NEWS) — Two divers, Luis Lens and Cesar Gimeno, cleaned up garbage on the seabed near the province of Alicante, which is located in eastern Spain. At a depth of seven meters, they found a real treasure, consisting of Roman gold coins, which have been preserved in perfect condition.
Reported by the Daily Mail.
The divers returned to the place where the find was made two hours later. They took with them a corkscrew, as well as a Swiss knife, which they used to get the treasure from the water cache. The discovered coins date back to around 4-5 centuries AD.
Experts from the University of Alicante believe that this is the largest set of Roman coins that could be found not only in Spain, but in general throughout Europe. The coins depict the emperors Valentian I and II, Honorius, Flavius Arcadius. Experts suggested that they tried to hide the coins about one and a half thousand years ago in order to save them from the barbarians who tried to seize new territories.
Jaime Molina said that these coins will help to obtain new information on how the final phase of the Western Roman Empire took place. There are no ships in these places that could sink. Therefore, the find proves that the locals were afraid of the barbarians and therefore tried to hide their property from them.
It should be noted that this is not the first historical find in this area. Experts have found remains of ceramics that date from different periods, anchors and amphorae.
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