Found via The Explorator newsletter is this article from Poland about contemporary counterfeit Roman denarii. -Editor
Thousands of coins dating back to the Roman era could be the work of First Century counterfeiters, it has been claimed.
Archeologists from the University of Warsaw have been analysing the coins produced outside of the empire in today's Poland, Ukraine and Belarus
and have concluded that they are fake.
Hundreds thousands of silver Roman denarii have been found in the areas inhabited by Goths and Vandals in the beginning of this era. Up until now,
historians were convinced the coins came from the Empire itself.
But Prof. Arkadiusz Dymowski, who together with Dr. Kyrylo Myzgin is looking into the case told PAP: "It turned out that some of them are fake.
The coins were silver plated or made of an alloy that was supposed to resemble silver."
On the eastern fringes of the Roman Empire, from the present day east Germany, through Poland, Ukraine and up to western Russia, denarii were used
Dr. Myzgin said: "We believe that in the first centuries of our era, in the east of the Empire, the exchange of goods using money - denarii -
took place more often than it was thought.
"In recent years, several workshops were discovered in Ukraine, in which false denarii were produced. We suppose that it is only a matter of time
before we find them in Poland."
However, the everyday ancient shopper would have a hard time telling the real money from the fake. The coins were individual pieces of art, minted
with hand-made stamps.
Therefore, the coins were slightly different in appearance and weight, even by 1-1.5 grams. These are too small differences to be easily captured
by an ordinary coin user assessing the authenticity of the money he traded.
To read the complete article, see:
of Roman coins found across Europe and thought to be genuine are FAKE, say archeologists
Wayne Homren, Editor
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