Vindolanda Nero coin "a special find"

Archaeologists working at Vindolanda, the Roman fort in northeastern England, made a "special" find recently: a rare gold coin bearing the image of Roman emperor Nero, the first gold coin found during the excavation's 40-year history. (photo)

The coin, dating to the 1st century, would, according to experts, "equate to more than half a year's salary for a serving soldier." Justin Blake, deputy director of excavations, was delighted with the discovery. "It was an absolutely magical moment for the whole team," he said.