Last week, an article about research at Macquarie University's Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies stated,
There are no surviving contemporary accounts of ancient coin manufacture, and no illustrations.
Bob Van Arsdell writes:
There ARE ancient illustrations of minting operations. Attached is an old postcard (from a set) showing the wall paintings at the House of the
Vettii in Pompeii.
The scene shows cupids engaged in various minting activities – including striking coins with a hammer and tongs. I don't know how old the post
card is, my guess it was produced well before WWII.
Thanks! The researchers are just investigating how a particular TYPE of coin was made, but Bob's example shows the article's
statement to be false. -Editor
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY INVESTIGATES ANCIENT COIN MANUFACTURING
Wayne Homren, Editor
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