Gold coin proves ‘fake’ Roman emperor was real

The coin bearing the name of Sponsian was considered apocryphal and had been locked away in a museum cupboard. …

Once the researchers had established that the coins were authentic, and that they had discovered what they believed to be a lost Roman emperor, they alerted researchers at the Brukenthal Museum in Sibiu in Transylvania, which also has a Sponsian coin. It was part of the bequest of Baron Samuel von Brukenthal, the Habsburg Governor of Transylvania. The Baron was studying the coin at the time of his death and the story goes that the last thing he did was to write a note saying “genuine”.

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