Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Large Byzantine coin find in Bulgaria

12th Century Coins Are Biggest Numismatic Find near Sevlievo
1 January 2009
Bulgarian News Agency

Three thousand coins, minted by five Byzantine emperors through the 12th and the beginning of the 13th century, constitute the biggest numismatic find, discovered near Sevlievo during the past 30 years. BTA learnt this by Sevlievo Historical Museum Director Naiden Petrov.

The coins were found in a pottery vessel in 1993 during excavations of the medieval town of Hotalich, a monument of culture of national relevance. They were discovered at a depth of 40 cm.

According to historians, the coins are indicative of the intensive commodity exchange between Hotalich, on the one part, and Byzantium and other settlements on Bulgarian territory, on the other.