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This Hoard Pot with 1290 Roman denarii from around 100 to 300 CE was photographed through a small
opening, at the wonderful Museum of Old and New Art, MONA located near Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.


Hoards of coins were the usual way to store wealth in the days before banks. Those found by archaeologists
were presumably hidden away or buried in times of trouble but then never collected by their owner. The
denarius first appeared as the standard silver coin around 211 BCE and in Republican Roman times was
almost pure silver. Denarii remained popular well into 3rd century CE but by then their silver content was
consistently below 50%.

Information from MONA website.


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  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 2 years ago

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 2 years ago

    Neat one Trish, I like this

  • Thank you very much !

    – Trish Meyer

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 2 years ago

    Excellent capture and title Trish

  • Andrea, thank you !

    – Trish Meyer

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteabout 2 years ago

    Awesome capture Trish.

  • Thanks so much Julie for your awesome comments and favourite Julie !

    – Trish Meyer

  • barnsis
    barnsisabout 2 years ago

    Wow that is some piggy bank, Wish it were mine, Excellent presentation and information

  • Byron, thank you very much for your great comments and favourite ! It would be interesting to know what 1290 denarii would be worth in this day and age.

    – Trish Meyer

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezabout 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture Trish, Have you seen this# ?

  • Thanks so much Tom !
    I hadn’t seen the news article … lucky people ! !

    – Trish Meyer

  • CanyonWind
  • POP’s, thanks so much for featuring this ancient treasure !

    – Trish Meyer

  • Svetlana Sewell
    Svetlana Sewellabout 2 years ago

    Nice one Trish!

  • Thank you very much Svetlana !

    – Trish Meyer

  • dedmanshootn
    dedmanshootnabout 2 years ago

    great shot! instanjt fav!

  • Dave, thanks so much for your great comments and favourite !

    – Trish Meyer

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonabout 2 years ago

    Great capture Trish, I’ll bet that was a tough shot.

  • Strange as it may seem Rosalie, it was less difficult than a number of others taken in the same wonderful museum. The aperture was perhaps a foot long, just wide enough to fit my hand held camera and there were no reflections from surrounding lights as there were in more open spaces. Thank you very much for your great and thoughtful comments !

    – Trish Meyer

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