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Back to Italy the roman coins found in Libya
December 28, 2001

ROME, 28 DIC - Beyond 100,000 coins in silver-plated bronze of imperial age, discovered during eighties at Measured in Libya, have been entrusted from the Department of the Antiquity of the Arabic Republic Popular Libyan Socialist to the CNR to study and restore them. It is the greatest finding of coins of the ancient world of ever: the coins cover a datable period between the end of the 3rd and the first decades of 4th century, from the age of Diocleziano to that one of Costantino the large one.
"We can finally analyze - the Director of the Institute for the Technologies Applied to the Cultural Assets of the CNR, Salvatore Garraffo explains - the greatest patrimony of coins officially known of the ancient world, joint miraculously intact to us thanks to the particular way of conservation in large amphoras or "olles", that they came buried to groups around to a small peasant building to protect them, probably, from an imminent danger".
The restoration job, in part already started, will use a new set of portable instrumentation not destructive for the characterization of the alloy and the varnishing of the coins, developed in collaboration with the Laboratory of the South (Catania) of the National Institute for Nuclear Physics.

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Massiminian roman Folles, AD 286-305

 

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