• RESEARCH HIGHLIGHT

The small change suggests that many of those killed by Mount Vesuvius were of modest means.

Roman bronze coins found in the Thermopolium of Vetutius Placidus in Pompeii, Italy in May 1939.

Cash boxes in a Pompeiian tavern held nearly 1,500 coins (sample pictured) in total — but the hoard’s value was not large. Credit: Azoor Photo/Alamy

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doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-022-01542-0



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