In perfect state! Millions of pounds in pristine gold coins of the fifth century are buried in a pot under the Italian theater
- Builders demolishing the old Cressoni theater in Como found coins on Wednesday
- Archaeologists are very excited and say that gold coins are priceless
- Roman coins will be examined and dated before ending in a museum
Charlie Moore for Mailonline
A stash of fifth-century gold coins worth millions has been found buried in a pot under an Italian theater.
The builders who demolished the old Cressoni theater in Como were surprised to discover the hideout last Wednesday.
Roman coins will be examined and dated before ending in a museum, authorities said.
Discovery: an invaluable stash of gold coins from the fifth century has been found buried in a pot under an Italian theater
Roman coins will be examined and dated before ending up in a museum, authorities said.
According to the Italian media, the coins could be worth millions of euros.
Local archaeologist Luca Rinaldi told Qui Como: "We can not speak of a precise value because they are not a marketable product, but it is certainly an exceptional find and, therefore, of inestimable value".
He said that the coins dated from the fifth century and added: "The state of conservation is so good that even appointments should be fast enough."
The Minister of Culture, Alberto Bonisoli, said: "We still do not know in detail the historical and cultural significance of the find.
& # 39; That area is proving to be a real treasure. The discovery fills me with pride. "
The theater, which opened in 1870 and later became a cinema before closing in 1997, was to be demolished to allow the construction of a luxury residence.
Authorities now plan to suspend work at the site to allow new excavations, according to local media.
The archaeologists who excavated the old site of the Cressoni theater in Como were surprised to discover them last Wednesday