Ancient Roman treasure trove unearthed on Costa Brava

A trove of ancient Roman treasure has been discovered on Spain’s Costa Brava by a team of archaeology students. Two hundred silver denarii coins were found in an elaborate ceramic vase at the 2,500-year-old Empuries site.

The ruins of Empuries stand were an ancient town overlooking the sea, on Catalonia’s coast, used to stand. The city was founded around 575BC by Greek settlers from Phocaea and was later occupied by Roman forces. However, in the early Middle Ages, it was abandoned because its coastal position made it too vulnerable to attacks.

The ancient site has been excavated since 1908 and has yielded a range of discoveries over the years, but as this treasure shows, it might still hide many surprises.

This time, digging at the site was carried out by a group of 30 students enrolled on the 70th Empuries Archaeology course – which is aimed at second-cycle university students studying a degree in archaeology or history, and at masters students, to get some hands-on excavation experience. Read more.

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The Royal Canadian Mint is releasing special edition, limited Star Trek coins to commemorate the series’ 50th anniversary. There are a few more coins that I haven’t posted at the link below.

Read more here:

The Royal Canadian Mint launches an out-of-this-world coin collection to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek [TM]

View all the coins here:

Gold coin of the Parisii 

The Celts began making their own coins in the 200s b.c. when they received payment  from Hellenistic kings who employed Celtic warriors as mercenaries. The king weighs 6.8 grams and is about 2cm in diameter. 

Celtic, Europe (area of Paris), 2nd century BC. 

Source: Metropolitan Museum

Full moon wish spell x

This is a lovely little spell that will harness the energy of the moon for whatever purpose you wish. Or you can cast this to help bring something unexpected into your life. All you need is:

• A clear jar, at least a pint in size
• Pure water
• A silver coin
• A bell
• A white or silver candle

You’ll have to do this spell at night where you can have a clear view of the moon. It can be through a window if necessary but doing it outside is better.

Fill the jar with water and light your candle near where you are doing the spell. Sit under the moon and enjoy it’s bright light for a few minutes. Then drop the coin into the jar. Let the water settle until it’s smooth again and sit so that the reflection of the moon in the water seems to sit right on the coin. You might have to move around for this.

Gaze at the reflection and the coin together, and ring the bell three times. Speak your wish out loud, or just ask the moon to bring you some general good fortune. Bring everything back indoors and leave the coin in the water jar until the next full moon, or until you feel your wish has been granted.

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Bee Coin From Ephesos, Ionia, C. 390-325 BC

A silver tetradrachm. Obverse: Magistrate Antialkidas. E-Φ , bee with straight wings. Reverse: ANTIAΛKIΔAΣ, forepart of a stag to right, its head turned back to face left, a palm-tree on left.

Ephesos (Ephesus) used the bee on its coins since it was a producer of honey, so the bee advertised their most famous product. The bee was also mythologically connected to Ephesus because, according to Philostratos, the colonizing Athenians were led to Ephesus and Ionia by the Muses who took the form of bees.

The city was also the location of the famous Temple of Artemis. Her priestesses were called ‘melissai" or “honey bees” of the goddess. The stag, like the one used on this coin is also an attribute of Artemis, the goddess of the hunt. This animal was regarded as sacred to her and stag figures were said to have flanked the cult statue of Artemis in her  temple at Ephesus. The palm tree on the obverse alludes to Artemis’ birthplace, the island of Delos, where the goddess Leto gave birth to Artemis and her twin brother Apollo underneath a palm tree. This coin represents its city of origin well.

Ephesus was an ancient Greek city on the coast of Ionia, three kilometers southwest of present-day Selçuk in Izmir Province, Turkey. It was built in the 10th century BC on the site of the former Arzawan capital by Attic and Ionian Greek colonists.