Roman Gold from Denmark

In Denmark we as detectorists have a good tradition and work closely with our museums, I am a member of a metal detecting group who work very closely with the Moesgaard Museum (a large museum with stunning architecture and exhibitions located in Aarhus). Over the past years we have been working with them searching for ancient sites along a new 12Km road that is due to be built. We are working ahead of the archaeologists and going over potential sites beforehand, and of course going over sites that are being selected for archaeological digs during and after the work being done.

Lars with his XP metal detector in Denmark

During the winter of last year we had made our way to a new stretch of the route where the road will be built, it was a lovely sunny morning and the area looked very promising, high grounds with a magnificent view to the surrounding area, I picked an area of the field that to me looked very interesting. I had chosen to use my faithful old 11″ black coil and was running a modified version of the XP Deus GM-Power program P2. Some coins and buttons turned up along with the obligatory tinfoil and other junk as I walked around enjoying the scenery, suddenly I got a great sounding signal. I started to dig and my heart stopped for a second – a shiny Gold Roman coin! Stunned and breathless I couldn’t believe what I had just found – I sent a picture to our contact archaeologist for the site, and the word spread like wildfire among the archaeologist, some 10 minutes later the first one turned up to see my find!

Roman Gold coin found with a metal detector

It turned out that the gold Roman coin was struck under Emperor Tiberius, who was the Emperor of the Roman Empire from 14-37 A.D. The coin was worn from usage, and you can see that a piece of it had been cut. The missing piece of gold was probably used as a payment at some point. The coin is only the third of its kind to be found in Denmark, so very rare indeed.

The front of the coin shows the portrait of Emperor Tiberius and has a Latin inscription translated meaning: Tiberius, Caesar, the divine Augustus’ son, Augustus. The back shows a seated female figure with a spear and a branch with leaves on it. Maybe it’s the goddess Pax seen. The inscription on this page is “Pontifex Maximus”, and refers to the Emperor’s title as high priest.

Roman Gold bead found in Denmark - XP metal detectors

The rest of the day, and the following day, I did a very thorough search of the immediate vicinity, but no further gold was found. A part of being a detectorist is in my opinion to never give up, so on day three I decided to use my 9″ white “High Frequency” coil and set it on 28khz to look for the most tiny of signals. And within a very short time a faint signal got my attention, this turned out to give me another breathtaking find – a Gold bead.
A very delicate piece of work, that probably is a module from a so-called pendulum pendant. A well-known jewel from the ancient Roman Iron Age (years 0-200).

The area was later excavated by the archaeologist – with at least one from our detecting group present at all times – no further gold was found, but a burial mound and several urn fire graves.
Kind regards
Lars Thygesen, Denmark

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