Rare Roman coin found in Northumberland

A rare gold coin, bearing the image of the Roman Emperor Nero, has been unearthed at the Vidolanda fort site along Hadrian's Wall.

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Rare gold coin unearthed at Hadrian Wall attraction

The coin, dated AD64-65, bears the image of Emperor Nero. Credit: Vindolanda Trust

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,

Marcel Albert (right) with Deputy Director of Excavations Justin Blake. Credit: Vindolanda Trust

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".

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