Roman Empire coin found in Belarus

Roman Empire coin found in Belarus

A local historian from Belarus’ settlement of Ivenets found a Roman Empire coin during his trip to the village of Naliboki in the Stolbtsy district.

Valery Mazura decided to go to Naliboki to see and to take photographs of the place where there was a big fire in 1622. At the beginning of the 17th century the village was burnt down to ashes by Swedes. According to many historians, the village was then renewed near the historic center. The local historian was very surprised to find a Roman coin just on the bank of the river Lebyazhoda.

“I was walking down the river bank. Some years ago it was a very big river, today it is not that wide. I came across some pieces of glass, bronze and copper there. Then I began looking at the pieces closer. This is when I found the coin”.

According to Minsk experts, the coin is dated the III century A.C. The coin has interesting images on it. The reverse of the coin has the God of War Mars depicted. The avers of the coin has a portrait of a Roman Empire Marcus Aurelius Severus Alexandrus who became the Emperor at the age of 14 and reigned from 22 till 235 A.C.. A similar coin can be found on an American website of coin collectors, which is dated the year 226 A.C.

But how could the coin find itself in Naliboki? It could have been lost by someone travelling along the river or maybe the Romans themselves left it in Naliboki.

“Herodotus himself described these places and the lake Kroman, so it is quite possible that the Romans were here”, explains Valery Mazura.

After the expertise in Minsk, the historian wants to give the coin and other findings to the local history museum in Naliboki, which is planned to be built there.