Quite poignant to think this was someones lifeline, desparately hidden away until things improved. But things didn't improve and they never made it back to recover them. And now here we are 1,600 years later.
Which is worse, burying your money in the ground or keeping it in your PayPal account?
Given that metal does not age that much, 200 year old coins in hoards aren't that surprising.
Before decimalisation as a kid I'd handled Georgian pennies and halfpennies in Britain doing shopping, some rare sixpences in circulation were silver and you could get guinea coins at a premium from your bank.
Most people expected late Victorian as normal, young Victorian as less common and anything older as remarkable. So that's 100-150 years of coins in circulation at their nominal face value, under moderate inflation since 1800 with the Napoleonic wars and at least five significant slumps before ww2.
I'm talking 1960s after brettan-woods, and at the same time lire in italy was deflating and we got lollies as change from bus conductors. If Europe hadnt been beset by fire since 1848/1871/1914/1939 I think circulating European currencies would have spanned 2 centuries too like Britain: most of them had postwar currency "reinvention" and I was also handling old and new francs (10:1 exchange equivalency IIRC)
You notice how much more than face value they have in some circumstances. After 1919 if circulating not valuable but even 1969 mint or uncirculated is worth significantly more than face value.
The Roman span was enormous and long lived. They also heavily used coinage and had traveling mints. The coinage was eventually debased but there's ~500 years to cover and their "pennies" are everywhere. There's also not too much of a demand for them compared to the amount produced.
Right now US coinage is valuable so we hang onto it but if everyone just tossed their coins tomorrow, there would be plenty for future generations to have a few a piece.
I sincerely do hope that the badger had a very fine hat.
By the way, we aren't enlightened creatures that are beyond this sort of pattern. Urban sprawl is exactly the same thing. Plots of land sit empty for speculation, which forces people to move further away from the center.
Zoning is a reflection of people not wanting their surroundings to change.