The burrowing mammal is believed to have discovered the coins when it was desperate for food last winter when storm Filomena hit Asturias in northwestern Spain
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A hungry badger in search of food has discovered the largest collection of Roman coins in Spanish history.
The treasure was found near the cave of the beast in Grado, Asturias, northwestern Spain.
The burrowing mammal is said to have discovered the coins while desperately searching for food last winter.
Heavy snowfall from Storm Filomena also caused temperatures to drop to -10 ° C.
Coastal regions were on red alert up to 20 centimeters of snow fell over 24 hours in some areas.
In a desperate attempt to find food, the badger is said to have stuck its legs into a small gap next to its den.
When it was not used for the gold coins, some pieces were then left in front of the cave.
Two archaeologists then found the 209 coins while visiting the cave of La Cuesta with a local, according to a recent report in an archaeological journal.
This “extraordinary find” of raw coins is believed to be saturated between the 3rd and 5th centuries AD.
The coins are believed to have been forged in places as distant as Constantinople, now known as Istanbul, Turkey, and Thessaloniki, Greece, according to one of the researchers who spoke with The country.
The researchers added that it is the largest collection of Roman coins to date in a cave in northern Spain.
In the 1930s, 14 gold coins were found in the area in the dense forests of Grado.
They are said to date from the reign of Constantine I, a Roman emperor who ruled from AD 306 to 337.
In September, two amateur freedivers found more than 50 Roman coins off the east coast of Spain. CNN reported.
Scientists dated them between the end of the 4th century and the beginning of the 5th century.
The current research project is in the first phase, as further excavations are planned in the future.