Thursday, May 2, 2013

Stronghold of Cape St. Atanas gold

7 golden coins from the middle of 6th century A.D. were found during excavations near the Bulgarian town of Byala, Varna. The coins are 4.5 grams each of 98% pure gold. One of them was minted during the reign of Emperor Justinian I the Great, and the rest are from the time of Justin the First. The treasure was found buried in a sealed ceramic container.

The ancient stronghold of Cape St. Atanas dates back to the sixth century B.C. “The White Rocks” in Byala was in the immediate vicinity of a famous Roman travel station /Templum Iovis/ and there was a stronghold around it. The station was named after the temple of Zeus.

At the approximate time of the coins' burial, the area was populated with the remainders of the Roman Empire. In the fourth century the 7 coins could buy 300 kg of wheat, 1 horse, 10 pigs or 3000 liters of wine. 7 gold coins was about the size of a standard Roman soldier's annual salary.