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Caligula Denarius Found with Metal Detector

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  • Joe Geranio
    See Photos of Denarius in Photo on this web site under Franks Denarius If you love information like this; and Julio Claudian Portraiture and Numismatics
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 10, 2006
      See Photos of Denarius in "Photo" on this web site under "Franks

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      Here are some details of the find. In fact, this denarius of
      Caligula is part of a small treasure of 20 denarii, scattered over a
      small area of semi-arid scrub land, near the ancient roman city of
      Nemausus (today Nimes). Thanks to the calcarious soil the coins did
      not suffer corrosion. Besides some broken roman tiles, the area was
      virgin. It was evidently a site where was located a small country
      house, modest in all ways and deserted ever since the first century
      AD. Through the wear of the coins, from republican denarii, gallion
      types of Marcus Antonius, several Augustus denarii and the common
      Tiberius denarius with Livia seated, it can easily be concluded that
      the 20 denarii were hidden or lost at one time, about 38 AD, because
      the wear of each coin was equivalent with the age as compared with
      the most recent one (of Caligula). Nothing else was found here,
      except a small copper gallic coin, much older, and, since it was in
      superb condition, using the same wear/age considerations, was lost
      about a hundred years earlier. Knowing that the salary of a common
      soldier at that time was about one denarius a day, the amount of
      denarii found here was quite considerable. The brown margin on top
      of the reverse is concretion (some people mistakenly thought the
      coin is subaerate). As the above information is first-hand, I can
      guarantee the coin is genuine. For sentimental reasons the coin is
      not for sale, but I'll be happy to contribute to numismatic science
      by publication of its image Regards Frank
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