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Friday, 13 April 2012

Beyond face value: the Füllinsdorf hoard

The largest hoard of Iron Age silver coins ever found in Switzerland has been discovered in farmland outside Füllinsdorf. Scattered across an area of 50m2 and lying just centimetres below the soil, it is thought the 293 Celtic coins were originally buried as a group in the 1st century BC, but were separated by modern ploughing. The coins are decorated with stylised faces and horses, and with a few variants they all represent the ‘Kaletedou-Quinaren’ type, so called because they are marked with the word KAΛETEΔOY (Kaletedou), thought to represent the name of a Gallic chieftain. http://www.world-archaeology.com/news/beyond-face-value-the-fullinsdorf-hoard/

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