Fisherman nets Roman gold coin in Cyprus


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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. 

The Roman gold coin depicting the emperor Caligula recovered by the fisherman [Credit: Greek Reporter]

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 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. 

Author: Marianna Tsatsou | Source: Greek Reporter [August 21, 2012]


  1. The coin mentioned in a sestertius and looks like this, it is not gold, but that can be misunderstood because of the brassy look, its located on my site here:

    Here is description of coin: Gaius (Caligula). AD 37-41. Æ Sestertius (34mm, 23.94 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 37-38. Pietas seated left, holding patera and resting arm on small draped figure standing facing on basis / Gaius standing left, holding patera over garlanded altar; victimarius holding bull for sacrifice and attendant holding a patera standing on either side; garlanded hexastyle temple of Divus Augustus in background; pediment decorated with sacrificial scene; quadriga and Victories as acroteria; statues of Romulus and Aeneas along roof line. RIC I 36.
    Joe Geranio
    Julio Claudian Iconographic Association



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