The discovery of the ancient gold coin was made during a search and rescue operation on a cave in the Pilbara region of New Zealand.
The coins have been described as being of an ancient Egyptian design.
The coin has a diameter of 13.3 mm and a weight of 1.2 grams.
The team from the University of Otago’s School of Archaeology, Antiquities and Heritage is calling the find the first known ancient gold find in New Zealand’s New Zealand Caves.
“The find has significant historical significance as it provides us with some early archaeological data,” said the Professor of Archaeological Science at the University, Simon Kilduff.
The researchers say the coin’s design has been dated back to the late 6th century BC.
The discovery is reported in the latest edition of the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. “This is the first time that we’ve ever been able to identify a prehistoric coin in New York and we’re looking at it now as a very good opportunity to study the archaeological record and the Bronze Age culture in New England and its associated caves,” said Professor Kilduffed.
The gold coin’s weight is also unknown.
However, a small portion of the coin was recovered in a stone jar and a small piece of the metal was recovered at the site where the coin had been discovered.
The research team believes that the coin is of a pre-Bronze Age design.
“In the Bronze age, people often wore gold jewellery, but we know very little about the design of these coins,” said Associate Professor Kain.
“We know they were made of a metal called nephrite, but they were also known as cased gold and copper, so it’s a really important clue in terms of identifying the design and the origins of the gold coins in New Britain.”
So it’s not the first indication that gold and other metals were used in the Iron Age and that they were associated with the Iron Man, but it’s the first one we’ve seen.” “
So the coin might have been used by some early inhabitants of New England, and we know that they used it for protection against the elements.
So it’s not the first indication that gold and other metals were used in the Iron Age and that they were associated with the Iron Man, but it’s the first one we’ve seen.”
The researchers believe the coin could be of value as a piece of jewelry or a tool.
“I’d love to know what the origins are of this coin, if it’s an early Egyptian coin or it’s just an old Roman coin, and if it was used as a monetary instrument, or if it might be used as an ornamental item, or a symbol,” Associate Professor O’Keefe said.
The University of New South Wales is the world leader in the study of prehistoric coins and artefacts, and is internationally recognised for its innovative research and discovery.
Associate Professor Atherton is a leading authority in the field of prehistoric and early medieval coins, dating from approximately 3000BC until the beginning of the Iron age.
She is a former professor of archaeology at the School of Ancient History at the National University of Australia and an Associate Professor in the School’s Department of Archaeologies and Anthropology.
The study of ancient coins and other prehistoric objects is an area of continuing research at the university, which has a long-standing history of producing world-leading collections of early coins, from the earliest bronze to the most ancient gold, silver and bronze coinage from the ancient world.
Associate Prof O’Keighan is a Research Fellow in the Department of Early and Middle Iron Age Studies at the New South Welsh University.