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Underwater Discovery

Divers discovered more than 30,000 of these ancient coins in Italian waters in November. ITALIAN CULTURE MINISTRY/AP

In early November, a diver was swimming off the coast of Sardinia. That’s in Italy. The diver spotted pieces of metal on the ocean floor. He alerted authorities. More divers were sent to look. The pieces turned out to be ancient Roman coins.

Italy’s culture ministry announced the discovery. It says more than 30,000 coins were found. They are close to 2,000 years old. The coins lay buried in sand and seagrass. They were not far from the coast. The ministry says they are “in a rare state of preservation.” Very few are damaged.

Experts are calling this a major historical discovery. They believe there could be a shipwreck nearby.