View of ancient Britons changed by discovery of Roman coin

The discovery of a 2nd century BCE coin in Cornwall may change how pre-Roman Britons are viewed. The pre-Roman Republic silver coin proves that active trading took place with the inhabitants of Britain before Rome conquered the island.

The silver denarius, found by an amateur treasure hunter, has been dated to 146 BCE, before Rome became an empire. Archaeologists believe that Cornwall's mining made the area attractive to Roman traders.