Saturday, 15 July 2017

Roman Gold found in Netherlands

The coins were likely deposited during or immediately following Majorian’s reign.
A hoard of 41 ancient Roman gold coins was discovered in an orchard in the Netherlands. The coins may have been buried in the second half of the fifth century C.E. by a Frankish military leader who had been paid by the Romans for help dealing with local Germanic tribes. The region at that time was part of the Frankish Kingdom on the north end of Gaul.

Several of the coins depict Roman Emperor Majorian on the obverse.
A prominent general of the Late Roman army, Majorian deposed Emperor Avitus in 457. Majorian was the last emperor to make a concerted effort to restore the Western Roman Empire. Possessing little more than Italy, Dalmatia, and some territory in northern Gaul, Majorian campaigned rigorously for three years against the Empire's enemies.

Majorian sought to reform the imperial administration. This made him unpopular with the senatorial aristocracy. The powerful general Ricimer deposed and killed him in 461 CE.