Friday, March 30, 2012

Record hoard of celtic coins found

The reverse side of the coins features a horse

The biggest hoard of celtic silver coins ever found in Switzerland has been unearthed in the village of Füllinsdorf, in the northwestern canton of Basel Country.

Announcing the find on Thursday, the cantonal archaeological department said it consisted of 293 silver coins, found scattered over an area of about 50 square metres only a few centimetres below the surface. However, cantonal archaeologist Reto Marti said they had probably originally been buried together.

The coins are small: about a centimetre across and weighing barely two grams. It is not known what they would have been worth.

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