Emperor Caligula gold coin found underwater near Cyprus
- On 22/08/2012
- In Miscellaneous
By Marianna Tsatsou - Greek Reporter
A significant archaeological finding, a gold coin, has been reported discovered underwater in the area between Limassol and Larnaca by a local amateur fisherman.
According to Cypriot authorities, the coin is of great value.
Cypriot media reported that it dates back to the first century A.D. and depicts the third Roman emperor called Caligula, well-known for his fierce and brutal policy during his reign.
On this coin, Caligula is sacrificing an animal before the Temple of Augustus, which is constituted by six pillars.
Many coins of the same age have been found over the course of time, but this one is regarded among the most significant due because it’s made of gold.
Representatives of the Nicosia Archaeological Museum of Cyprus stated that such a finding enriches cultural heritage of the broader region, and may provide archaeologists with important information on ancient Cyprus’ trade.
Moreover, the area, where the golden coin was found, could reveal more clues concerning the coin’s origin and the way it ended up in Cyprus, they said.