Courtesy of Explorator newsletter is this article about an interesting Turkish museum exhibit of silver coins dating back to between 270 and 40 B.C.
Providing a treasure trove of artifacts for numismatists, an archaeology museum in Aydýn is showing off a large collection of silver coins dating back to between 270 and 40 B.C.
The coins include the visages of empresses and emperors, revealing history from more than 2,000 years ago.
Aydýn Culture and Tourism official Nuri Aktakka said the collections dated from the Roman era and shed light on the culture of the day.
“This coin collection has been excavated from works at Nazilli Kýzýldere. They belong to an emperors’ collection from 270 to 40 B.C. We know that these emperors ruled the city and that they created coins for themselves,” he said.
The coins also signify an important part of the culture of coin collection, as well as the use of tin in the era, according to Aktakka.
“The historical collection displays the coins by emperors such as Hadrian, Commodus, Gordian and Marcus Aurelius, and also the empresses Crispina and Faustina I and II,” he said, adding that Emperor Hadrian was born Publius Aelius Hadrianus to an ethnically Italian family.
The museum also gives information on how the coins were crafted and how people worked on the coins to engrave pictures on them.
Well, they didn't engrave the coins individually, so the article got that part wrong. But I like the depiction of ancient moneyers striking coins with dies.
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Coins displayed at museum reveals Aydýn’s ancient past of Roman era
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