Maastricht - (Brinks-Matt Mess): A treasure trove find of saucer-shaped gold and silver Celtic coins from the first century BC has delighted and stunned Dutch metal detecting enthusiast Paul Curfs.
The 47 year-old found the cache of rare Roman booty in a cornfield in the Duchy of Maastricht last month.
"The saucer-shaped coins are stamped with a little whorse on one side," Curfs chuckled today.
Now local archaeologists have said the coins may have been
minted by a tribe called the Eburones that Julius Caesar claimed to have destroyed circa 53 BC after sightings of an unexplained aerial phenomenon likened to modern day UFOs.
This prompted an attack by the Eburones and other indigenous local tribemen that killed 6,000 Roman soldiers.
"Caesar probably issued the commemorative coins as a kind of hysterical reminder of his awesome military skills," local officials said today.