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Wed Nov 23, 2022, 10:12 PM

Gold coin proves 'fake' Roman emperor was real



BBC News
By Pallab Ghosh
Science correspondent

An ancient gold coin proves that a third century Roman emperor written out of history as a fictional character really did exist, scientists say.

The coin bearing the name of Sponsian and his portrait was found more than 300 years ago in Transylvania, once a far-flung outpost of the Roman empire.

Believed to be a fake, it had been locked away in a museum cupboard.

Now scientists say scratch marks visible under a microscope prove that it was in circulation 2,000 years ago.

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-63636641

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Reply Gold coin proves 'fake' Roman emperor was real (Original post)
Wicked Blue Nov 23 OP
pwb Nov 23 #1
nycbos Nov 23 #2
flying rabbit Nov 23 #4
keopeli Nov 23 #6
soldierant Nov 23 #7
AZLD4Candidate Nov 24 #8
keopeli Dec 2 #12
nycbos Nov 24 #11
AllyCat Nov 23 #3
RockRaven Nov 23 #5
Lucinda Nov 24 #9
multigraincracker Nov 24 #10

Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Wed Nov 23, 2022, 10:13 PM

1. He looks like a happy guy.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Wed Nov 23, 2022, 10:17 PM

2. Yeah but what have the Romans ever done for us?

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Response to nycbos (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 23, 2022, 10:33 PM

4. IC What you did there.

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Response to nycbos (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 23, 2022, 11:37 PM

6. ...the aqueducts?

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Response to keopeli (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 23, 2022, 11:59 PM

7. Yeah, but what have they done for us LATELY?

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Response to keopeli (Reply #6)

Thu Nov 24, 2022, 12:01 AM

8. Yeah, okay, the aqueducts. But other than that, what have the Romans ever done for us?

The Judian People's Front wants to know. Not the People's Front of Judia. He's over there.

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Response to AZLD4Candidate (Reply #8)

Fri Dec 2, 2022, 09:48 PM

12. Brought peace?

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Response to keopeli (Reply #6)

Thu Nov 24, 2022, 06:44 AM

11. Sanitation, wine

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Wed Nov 23, 2022, 10:17 PM

3. Fascinating how these artifacts can shed so much light on

our perception of the ancient and modern worlds.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Wed Nov 23, 2022, 10:45 PM

5. LOL, his Wikipedia page has already been updated with this BBC article quoted extensively.

The crisis of the third century is such a mess, it is difficult for us non-experts to keep track of already, compared to other eras of Roman history.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Thu Nov 24, 2022, 12:33 AM

9. ❤️ ✿❧🌿❧✿ ❤️

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Thu Nov 24, 2022, 04:14 AM

10. Years ago I use to go metal detecting.

Lots of coins have been dropped over the years.

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