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9 September 2023, 15:51

Lost 'rainbow bowl' coin minted by the Celts over 2,000 years ago discovered in Germany

Lost 'rainbow bowl' coin minted by the Celts over 2,000 years ago discovered in Germany
The gold coin, minted in the second or first century BC, has a rare design of a four-pointed star surrounded by arches on one side, according to Bernward Ziegaus, senior curator of numismatics at the Bavarian State Archaeological Collection, who is studying the coin.
"The name 'rainbow bowl coins' comes from the legend that they are drops of gold that fell to Earth at the end of a rainbow," Ziegaus told Live Science in an email. Another legend about these Celtic coins is that they can only be found by the children of Sunday, the children of fortune.
The archaeological employee who discovered the coin discovered it in the spring about 70 kilometers west of Munich on the Lech River in southern Bavaria. As it turned out, the coin weighing 1.9 grams (0.07 ounces) ended up not far from the ancient road. This road came from what is now Trento in Italy and later became known as the Roman road Via Claudia Augusta, crossing the Alps, according to Ziegaus.
The obverse of the coin, which measures 13 millimeters in diameter, features a stylized head with a large eye, and the nose and lips are depicted as dots. Metal analysis showed that the coin was composed of 77% gold, 18% silver and 5% copper.
Source livescience.com

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