College 'rediscovers' collection of rare Greek, Roman coins

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AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) — A priceless cache of ancient Greek and Roman coins has been "rediscovered" at the University at Buffalo.

There are 40 gold and silver coins were donated in 1935. They include one dating back to the era of Julius Caesar and one for each of the emperors who followed him.

But the university said Wednesday that it was only recently that a faculty member realized their worth after finding the coins in a vault.

Faculty member Philip Kiernan says he heard from an alumnus that the UB libraries housed the rare coins and he went looking for them.

He brought in two experts, who confirmed the coins range in date from the fifth century B.C. to the late first century A.D.

Now Kiernan is developing a graduate course to dig in to their history.