The coins that the ten-year-old found when he was on his way down to the sea with his grandfather to pick up eels have been kept in the family for years, but by chance the Blekinge museum recently found out about the matter.
— I sat in the restaurant and had coffee. And then a group from the museum sat there and talked about the church. Then I told them that I have some coins that are much older than the church here, but they didn’t believe me, he says Roy Dahl for SVT Blekinge.
The eight coins have now been examined, and are found to originate from modern-day Egypt and the Roman Empire, from around the 2nd century BC Christ. According to the Cultural Environment Act, the coins must belong to the state, but a finder’s fee of SEK 1,450 is paid out.
— For archaeology, these are sunshine stories where we learn something new and the public who leave behind found objects can feel involved in putting together the archaeological puzzle, says Mikael Henriksson, archaeologist at Blekinge museum, to SVT.