Buffalo professor finds ancient coins

A University of Buffalo professor found rare coins

This story was provided by our sister station, WIVB in Buffalo. 

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) One Professor at University at Buffalo found a treasure trove of ancient coins which have been untouched for about 80 years.

Students will get to study the ancient coins, some of which date back to 500 B.C. or older, after a professor there did research, he said he found the coins buried deep in the library archives.

Professor Philip Kiernan says he was shocked when he saw 40 silver Greek coins, three gold Greek coins and a dozen gold Roman coins. The coins are bright, in good condition and show that which is frequently seen only in movies: coins with 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 to study the coins and their history. He said the class will publish its findings.

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