It is anticipated that this rare coin will be put on public display at the Vindolanda museum once it has been fully researched and documented.
– Dr Andrew Birley, Director of Excavations, Vindolanda Trust
"You actually have more chance of winning the lottery than finding a gold coin on a Roman military site so this is a special and very likely one-off find."
A rare Roman gold coin has been dug up by archaeologists at the Vindolanda Roman fort site along Hadrian's Wall, in Northumberland.
The well worn coin bears the image of Emperor Nero which dates it to AD 64-65.
The coin would have been worth over half a years’ salary for a serving Roman soldier.
Archaological digs have been taking place at the site for 43 years, but this is the first time a gold coin has been found.
It was uncovered by volunteer Marcel Albert, from Nantes, France, who has been taking part at the Vindolanda dig since 2008,
M. Albert: "I thought it can’t be true, it was just sitting there as I scrapped back the soil, shining, as if someone had just dropped it".