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Old 03-03-2006, 11:22 AM
rasiel rasiel is offline
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Default Roman coins in the headlines

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releas...-ate030306.php

i was surprised to this considering that technical analyses of denarii have been done before. more importantly, while this study does not specify whether the dating of the coins themselves will play any part in the study this is exactly what has been done before to show the gradual debasement of the coins from the time of nero onwards. the passing reference to drilling to get past the "treated surface" sounds like they're talking about silvered ants rather than denarii as (that i know of) proper denarii should show no significant deviation of the purity of the metal from surface to core. on the other hand this would still be a good idea to not unintentionally sample surface contaminants acquired through wear or corrosion.


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