Ancient coins: Archaeologists discover more than 7,000 gold and silver pieces in Hungary

An expedition carried out by the Ferenczy Museum, Hungary, on a rural piece of land has led to a major discovery. Researchers were delighted to find more than 7,000 ancient coins buried across a farm in Újlengyel, a village about 50 kilometres southeast of Budapest. All but four of the coins were silver pieces, while the rest were made of gold.

The coins all date from different eras in the country’s history.

The oldest coin discovered is a silver denarius, or a Roman silver coin of Roman emperor Lucius Verus, who led the Roman empire from 161AD to 169AD.

While the newest of the coins dated to between 1516 to 1526, a time when Louis II ruled Hungary and Bohemia.

All four of the gold coins dated to between 1458 and 1490 during the Hungarian reign of Matthias I.

The team said the treasure was likely buried around 1526 when the Turkish army invaded.

A spokesman for the museum said the coins would be enough to buy seven horses around 1520, and a “luxury car” in 2021.

A Facebook statement on the Ferenczy Museum’s Facebook page said: “The treasures were hidden in their settlement, probably during an attack along the road connecting Pestet with Nagyk őrrös.

“The closing time of the find is caused by the latest defeat by 1520, therefore the attack caused by the Turkish destruction of 1526, specifically when the Turkish army headed from Budahim to Szeged in 1526.

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The coins were of Celtic origin and experts valued them at roughly £650 each, meaning he had discovered a collection worth £845,000.

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The anonymous man told Treasure Hunting Magazine: “Although I am a keen detectorist, that evening I was doing a bit of bird watching.

“After watching a dogfight between a buzzard and a pair of Magpies, I stared down and spotted something lying in a bit of the deep ploughed soil which ran around the edge of the field.

“I saw the glint of gold and realised it was a beautiful Celtic gold stater, which made me sit down in sheer shock. I then spotted the second coin two feet away and rushed home to get my [metal detector].”



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