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‘Scrap metal’ piece is rare Roman coin


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A ROMAN coin buried in the depths of Malmesbury's Athelstan Museum has been unearthed.


Volunteers auditing the museum's collection discovered the small, corroded piece of metal last week.


Unsure of what it was, they sent it to Wiltshire County Council's conservation department, where it was identified as a Roman Denarius coin.



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But we sent it to the county council's conservation department and they worked on it and found it's a Roman Denarius.


"It's quite an uncommon one, because they were unable to say which particular emperor was on it".


So how do they know that it is "rare"?

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