Roman coins found near Cremona
Archaeologists discovered 140 Roman coins dating back to the time of Gallienus, who was Roman emperor from 253 to 268 AD, at the Roman archaeological site of Bedriacum, near Cremona.
The coins were hidden and then abandoned at the bottom of a ceramic vase at a time of serious political and military crisis of the Roman Empire.
The discovery was made by archaeologists from the University of Milan led by Maria Teresa Grassi, Professor of Classical Archaeology at the Department of Cultural Heritage and Environment.
The hoard is of great historical and archaeological value: the coins are of the ‘antoniniani’ type, coins introduced by emperor Caracalla, having a value of two denarii, officially silver coins but often only coated with the precious metal.
Thanks to the discovery made in a residential area of Bedriacum, never investigated before, archaeologists have obtained further information about the discovery location where the remains of some badly damaged buildings were found.
According to the archaeologists, the storeroom where the hoard was discovered indicates that at the time when it was buried, this part of the ancient Roman vicus had already been abandoned and plundered: a new element which contrasts with the hypothesis that the crisis and the abandonment of the Roman settlement had occurred at a later time.
The 2018 excavation campaign carried out by the University of Milan on the site of Bedriacum was funded by the University as well as by the Municipality of Calvatone (Cremona) and Regione Lombardia.
The University of Milan has undertaken the restoration of the coins, following the instructions of the Superintendency for Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscape for the provinces of Cremona, Lodi and Mantua.