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1,600-year-old coin discovered in Channel Islands features Roman emperor killed by invading Goths

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Archaeologists in the Channel Islands off the coast of France have discovered two Roman coins — one featuring a caesar who was "bumped off" as a teenager and another depicting a Roman emperor who was killed by invading Goths.

The discovery of the coins and previous findings of Roman structures, including the remains of a fort, suggest that the Romans had set up shop on the small island of Alderney, the northernmost Channel Island in the Mediterranean.

"We're starting to think that the Romans were here to keep an eye on that little stretch of water between here and France," Jason Monaghan, an archaeologist with the excavation and secretary of Dig Alderney, a charity for archaeology on the island, told Live Science.


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