Hundreds of Roman gold coins found in basement of old theater

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Hundreds of gold coins dating to the 4th or 5th century were found in an archaeological dig in Como, Italy.

Experts say the coins, which were found in a stone pot during renovation work near the ancient city of Novum Comum, are priceless.

The Roman coins will be examined and dated before ending up in a museum, officials said.

"We do not yet know in detail the historical and cultural significance of this discovery but this area is a real treasure for our archeology", said Culture Minister Alberto Bonisoli in the post accompanying the pictures. The discovery fills me with pride'.

Workers, who had been excavating the site as the building was due to be demolished, found the coins during renovation work.

This theater, inaugurated in 1870, transformed into a cinema at the beginning of the 20th century and then closed in 1997, was to be completely demolished to allow the construction of a luxury residence. According to the Italian press, the coins could be worth millions of euros and the authorities plan to suspend the site for further excavations, no one can exclude the presence of other valuables. But reports in the Italian media suggest they could be worth millions of dollars. The Ministry of Culture said the excavation was being carried out within the "restructuring" of the theater.

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