Thursday, 17 May 2018

Museum displays Ancient Gold from Gallic Wars

10 gold coins discovered in Kent in 2016 have gone on display. The group of gold coins was found at a site near Chiddingstone Castle. The coins are thought to date from around 50 or 60 BC and would probably been used to pay or bribe mercenaries fighting with the Gauls against Julius Caesar.

They were manufactured in the Amiens region of northern France.
During the middle of the 1st century BC an ambitious Roman proconsul named Julius Caesar began a lengthy 8 year war (The Gallic Wars) for control of Gaul (modern France and Belgium).

Caesar's success in Gaul laid the path for his eventual position as sole ruler of the Roman Republic.