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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 18, May 4, 2008, Article 28

CLAYTONUS MAXIMUS TAKES THE FIELD: TOSSED COIN 2,000 YEARS OLD

[According to the Waverly Leader of Melbourne, Australia, an
ancient Roman coin was recently used in a coin toss before a
sporting match.  Is that a first?  Has an ancient coin ever
been used this way before? -Editor]

History was on display when a 2000-year-old Roman coin was
used for the toss before Clayton's centenary match against
St Kilda City on Saturday.

The coin dates back to 27BC, when Emperor Augustus, better
known as Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus, ruled the Roman Empire.

One side features the profile of Emperor Augustus's head and
the letters 'SC', the Roman Senate's seal of approval, are
inscribed on the other.

"The reason we're using it is because it's been donated by
our major sponsor, Universal Coin Company," Clayton treasurer
Neil Daly said.

"On the back of the coin it's got 'SC', which is the Roman
Senate's mark, but our sponsor thought the S could stand for
St Kilda City and the C for Clayton.

"We thought it would be a novel idea to celebrate the centenary
rather than a standard coin, as it's never been done before."

[The coin was protected in a Kointain-style plastic shell.
-Editor]

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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