The Aargau cherry orchard hoard in situ
They called the authorities and in September canton archaeologists began to excavate the site.By the end of the dig earlier this month, archaeologists had recovered 4155 Roman coins for a total weight of 33 pounds in just a few square meters. At least some of the coins were buried in cloth and leather bags and probably they all were only the bags have disintegrated.
Swiss numismatist Hugo Doppler has examined the 200 coins cleaned thus far and has identified them as Antoniniani minted by emperors Aurelian (270-275), Tacitus (275-276), Probus (276-282), Carinus (283-285) Diocletian (284-305) Maximianus (286-305). The most recent were minted in 294 A.D. They are in exceptional condition. Hopper believes they were taken out of circulation almost immediately after minting.
It’s not clear how much the coins would have been worth at the time of minting, but experts reckon it would easily have been one or two years’ salary. According to Swiss law, the coins now belong to the general public. After additional cleaning and examination, the hoard will be on display at the Vindonissa Museum in Brugg.