More than 15 kilograms of silver coins from Roman times have been discovered in Augsburg.

"It is the largest Roman silver treasure ever found on Bavarian territory," announced the city on Monday.

The coins came from the 1st and 2nd centuries AD.

Augsburg's urban archeologist Sebastian Gairhos wants to present the find to the public this Wednesday.

The coins were discovered during an excavation in the area of ​​an earlier factory.

They lay there in the gravel of the old river bed of the Wertach.

The silver treasure was also found during the work on the company premises, said a spokeswoman for the city.

As early as June, the city had presented numerous Roman finds with a total weight of more than 400 kilograms from the site of the former automotive supplier.

In addition to coins, these included weapons, tools, bones and the iron tire of a wagon wheel.

Goods came a long way

All goods would have had to travel a long way to what is now Augsburg, either across the Alps or upstream via the Rhone and Saone.

"A completely preserved iron tire of a wagon wheel and numerous amulets and bells from the harness of the draft and riding animals testify to the necessary means of transport." The finds also prove that the "first Augsburgers" did not all come from Italy, but also from North Africa .

It was the most significant discovery in the old Roman city for more than 100 years.

The Romans had settled in the area of ​​today's city of Augsburg more than 2000 years ago.

"Augusta Vindelicum" later became the capital of the Roman province of Raetia.

Because it was founded by the Romans, Augsburg is one of the oldest cities in Germany.

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