The organisation responsible for safeguarding Hadrian's wall is to close in the next six months.
A trust has launched a fundraising appeal to ensure the survival of Hadrian's Wall.
Sixty beacons were lit along Hadrian's Wall last night to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
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".
History enthusiasts across the world can now complete a free online course about Hadrian's Wall.
Newcastle University is running a six week course which offers an introduction to life in the region before the construction of the Wall and the Roman army.
Enrolment is open now and the course starts in September.
A visitor centre at Housesteads Roman Fort along Hadrian's Wall re-opens on Saturday after undergoing a £650,000 revamp.
The site attracts more than 100,000 visitors each year and the National Trust Visitor Centre is the welcome and admission point.
We all know how important Hadrian's Wall is historically, but it is also important for the money that it helps to generate from visitors for the region's economy.
There are now plans to boost tourist numbers further with a new multimillion pound visitors' centre.
Watch the full report from Derek Proud below.
A 95 year old lady who is walking Hadrian's wall for charity has been given a surprise royal boost as she passed the halfway mark.
Doris Hancock, from Ambleside, is raising money for Centrepoint, a charity which helps young homelss people. Prince William is a patron and he sent Doris a surprise message to both express his gratitute to her and wish her an early Happy Birthday.
Hadrian's Wall will be illuminated by hundreds of coloured balloons to mark the Olympics. The artwork will trace the route of the wall from Tyneside to the Solway.
The balloons will be lit by LED lights which will change colour. The event will take place between 31st August and 1st September. People will be able to follow events on a dedicated website. Those behind it say there's much to get excited about.