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Roman gold coin found at Vindolanda

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A rare Roman gold coin has been found at Vindolanda, a Roman auxiliary fort just south of Hadrian’s Wall in northern England.

Described as being “well-worn”, the confirmed aureus bears the image of the Emperor Nero, dating it to around AD 64 or 65. The precious currency was worth half a year’s salary for serving soldiers, but was lost on the northern outpost of the empire following 300 years in circulation.

“I thought, ‘it can’t be true’,” says Marcel Albert, from Nantes, who has spent six years taking part in a dig which has attracted participants from across the world.

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Story: Ben Miller, Culture24 | Photo: Vindolanda Trust

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