Sunday, January 25, 2015

Roman Coin Discovered Within an Illinois Burial Mound

Roman Coin Discovered Within an Illinois Burial Mound




The Washington Herald, March 14, 1913

FIND ROMAN COIN IN INDIAN MOUND IN HANCOCK COUNTY, ILLINOIS
   Chicago, March 13 - An old coin discovered in an Illinois Indian mound in Hancock County, and examined by Dr. Alfred Emerson of the Chicago Art Institute, a famous numismatist, was declared to be either an old Greek or Roman coin.  Dr. Emerson said he had never seen one like it, but that he was certain it was coined in Rome or Greece during the period between 250 B.C. and 250 A.D.
    The discovery of the coin has awakened scientific interest here in the Indian mounds.  It is believed that they may furnish proof that white men were on the American continent 2,000 years agoi, scientists today asserted.