Ancient Coin Discovered at Bristol Channel Predates Jesus Christ

by Amish Shah

Ancient Coin Discovered at Bristol Channel Predates Jesus Christ

This story first appeared in BBC News.

A 2,300-year-old coin found after flooding along the River Avon near Bath has revealed details of early maritime activity up the Bristol Channel. The 20mm coin was spotted in receding floodwaters in 2012, but the owner kept the details private until now.

It has been verified by the British Museum and is understood to be a Carthaginian coin, minted around Sardinia in 300-264 BC. Several similar examples have been recorded but only from the coastline.

On one side of the coin is an image of Tanit – a Punic and Phoenician goddess – and on the reverse is a horse’s head. Its owner wishes to remain anonymous but has allowed it to be included in a history project in Saltford, where the coin was found.

Project organiser Phil Harding said: “[The coin] predates the Great Wall of China, it predates the Roman Empire, it predates the birth of Jesus Christ, it predates Alfred the Great – it’s just fantastic.”

Dr Sam Moorhead, who recorded it for the British Museum, said it could have been struck at one of several mints in the Punic Empire, including Carthage and cities in Sardinia. “It is certainly one of the earliest coins found in Britain,” he said, adding other examples had been found from Cornwall, around the south coast to Kent, and up the east coast to Lincolnshire.

“It has been argued for a long time that these coins reflect trade with the Mediterranean, probably often via Gaul. The main commodity that Britain had which was wanted by the Carthaginians and others was tin, found in Cornwall and Devon. The Saltford coin does suggest that there was maritime activity up the Bristol Channel as well and we can imagine traders entering the River Severn.”

 

Amish Shah



Also in Project Yourself

How to Find Your Ideal Balance With 2 Simple Yoga Poses
How to Find Your Ideal Balance With 2 Simple Yoga Poses

by Puja Shah

Balance is an art. Both mentally and physically.
Read More
Dive Within, And Rediscover Yourself With This Profound Guided Meditation
Dive Within, And Rediscover Yourself With This Profound Guided Meditation

by Puja Shah

When we look at the mind, body, and soul connection, what we are really seeking to understand is the intangible energy of the inner world that speaks from our inner self as the language of the soul.

Read More
The 12 Laws Of Karma: How To Attract More Good Into Your Life
The 12 Laws Of Karma: How To Attract More Good Into Your Life

by Puja Shah

Karma is an ongoing process and involves not only the past but also present, and the future. Your thoughts in your past lives have an effect on your present life, and your present actions have an effect on your future life. Your current actions can also have an impact in your present life.

Read More