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In 1963, workers were constructing the Sherman Minton Bridge, connecting New Albany, Indiana with Louisville, Kentucky. On the Indiana side they dug up a hoard of Roman coins. This was close to Sand Island, legendary site of the battle between Prince Madoc and Indians. Possibly someone coming upriver by boat reached the Falls of the Ohio and buried the gold coins for safekeeping. Vikings or nineteenth-century river pirates? (river pirates were active on the lower Ohio) The coins are from around 300 AD, late Roman times, almost too late for Romans to have crossed the Atlantic.

Two construction engineers took the coins. Donated by an engineer’s widow, two are in the Falls of the Ohio Museum—Falls of the Ohio State Park.

 

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