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Find of Roman coin shows ancient Britons in a new light


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Experts are excited about a rare coin unearthed by an amateur treasure hunter which could change the accepted ancient history of Britain.

 

The silver denarius which dates back to the Roman Republic — before Julius Caesar made Rome an empire — was unearthed near Fowey in Cornwall.

 

Dating from 146 BC, it shows how ancient Britons were trading with the Romans well before the country was conquered in AD 43.

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml.../26/ncoin26.xml

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While interesting, unless there are other finds, this piece can only be considered an anolomy. Just as someone today might find a BU wheatie in their change, sometimes coins are put aside, only to enter circulation decades later. In ancient times where coins were more "standard" and generally accepted based on the metal and weight, it would not be unusual for a recently "found" piece from even centuries earlier to enter circulation.

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While interesting, unless there are other finds, this piece can only be considered an anolomy. Just as someone today might find a BU wheatie in their change, sometimes coins are put aside, only to enter circulation decades later.

 

I know what you are saying. Not too long ago I found an AU 1956 cent in circulation.

I wonder what it was doing for 50 years.. :ninja:

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