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A German court awarded a farmer €773,000 for an ancient Roman horse head found on his property.

Alex Wexelman
Jul 31, 2018 4:34PM, via Associated Press

After paying a farmer €48,000 ($56,000), a German court ruled on Friday that the state of Hesse must pay out an additional €773,000 ($903,000) for a bronze horse’s head found on his land in 2009.

The head, found by archeologists on farmland in Lahnau, a community which was once the site of a Roman town, is believed to be a part of an equestrian statue of emperor Augustus. When news reports declared that the 55-pound cast-bronze head is one the best-preserved Roman bronzes in the world, the farmer sued, Courthouse News reported, claiming he was owed much more than what the government gave him.

Friday, the Limburg regional court sided with the farmer, stating he was eligible to half the value of the head, which an expert estimated at about €1.6 million ($1.87 million). The farmer is also entitled to interest, the court said. There is no word on whether the state will appeal the ruling.

Alex Wexelman
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