A treasure trove of thousands of medieval and Roman coins found on a farm

Updated:17/01/2021 01:03h


Hungarian archaeologists have discovered a treasure trove of thousands of medieval and roman gold and silver coins buried on a farm in Újlengyel, in Pest county in Central Hungary.

The find, made by the Ferenczy Museum, in collaboration with volunteers from an archeology group, was made possible after a previous discovery carried out in 2019. On that occasion, the specialists found 150 coins, according to the statement they have released on their Facebook account.

The team, led by the numismatist Balázs Nagy, carried out work for two days until they found the enclave on a nearby hill. They dug a 1 meter long trench through a deep one and found a vessel broken by the action of a plow that had scattered the coins around him.

The specialists unearthed 7,000 silver and four gold. The oldest of them all is a silver denarius dates from 161 to 169 AD. C. and represents the Roman Emperor Lucius Aurelius Verus, of the Nerva-Antonine dynasty. They also identify a dozen denarii of Aquileia, coins representing Matías Corvino (King of Hungary and Croatia from 1458 to 1490), Vladislao II (who reigned between 1490 to 1516), Louis II (King of Hungary, Croatia and Bohemia from 1516 to 1526), ​​a rare Vatican denarius that was issued by Pope Pius II between 1458 and 1464.

Archaeologists point out that the treasure was buried before the advance of the armies of the Ottoman Empire, after the battle of Mohács in 1526, where the Hungarian army, commanded by King Louis II of Hungary was defeated at the hands of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent.

These treasures related to the Turkish destruction after the Battle of Mohács are very rare and this county of Pest is the largest to have emerged so far in the country.

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