Professor finds ancient coins buried in library archives

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A professor at the University at Buffalo found a treasure trove of ancient coins that had been forgotten for about 80 years.

Professor Philip Kiernan said he was doing research deep in the university library archives when he found something that gave him a shock: 40 silver Greek coins, three gold Greek coins and a dozen gold Roman coins. Some date back to 500 B.C. or older

Photos: U.B. finds treasure trove of coins

Kiernan said the coins are bright, in good condition and show the faces of ancient rulers. Especially recognizable are the faces of Julius Caesar and Caligula and Alexander The Great.

“It’s going to take some time until we have all of the ancient coins cataloged, but it will be a very worthwhile use of my time, and I think the use of the students time, as well,” Kiernan said.

Kiernan is developing a graduate class so that students can study the coins and their history. He said the class will publish its findings.

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