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Rare Roman coin found in Russia

A rare Roman coin dating back to the fourth century AD has been unearthed in northwestern Russia, archeologists said on Monday.

MOSCOW: A rare Roman coin dating back to the fourth century AD has been unearthed in northwestern Russia, archeologists said on Monday.

The copper coin was found on Friday evening at an excavation site in the Russian city of Veliky Novgorod located some 550 kilometres (340 miles) northwest of Moscow.

"The coin bears the image of a she-wolf with Romulus and Remus - the founders of Rome -- on one side and the image of a Roman goddess on the other side," Oleg Oleynikov, head of the excavation expedition, told AFP.

The find is dated to the time of the founder of Constantinople, Constantine I, at the beginning of the fourth century AD, said Oleynikov.

The coin is "the most ancient" of some 4,000 artifacts that have so far been discovered in the city by a search organised by the Archeology Institute of the Russian Academy of Science.

"This discovery is a new page in the history of ties between Constantinople and Russia of those times," said Oleynikov.

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