These bronze coins were of the follis denomination, and due to the 5 percent silver content, they appear to have a higher silver content than they actually do. The silver is concentrated on the surface, and still gives a shinier look from certain angles.
There’s still plenty to learn about the history behind these coins.
What we do know is that this was a unique time of Rome’s rule. The Tetrarchy period saw four men rule with equal amounts of power. The thought behind this method was that the government would be able to handle issues from all corners of the empire without a ton of strain on one ruler.
During this era, millions of coins were struck, under the names of 15 different people. Coins like the ones found in Tomares are readily available. They feature simple art, and are neatly struck. Most collectors liken them to a fine wine of sorts; they’re an acquired taste.
Navarro said that “only hypothesis and mere conjectures” can be offered as to the reason for the hoard. An “in-depth archaeological and numismatic study” will hopefully turn up more info, she indicated.