Roman Gold Bar Stamped with Assayers

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 13 October 2016

In the Late Roman Period, precious metal that had been paid in tax was melted down into bars before being re-minted, to eliminate plated forgeries. Because local mint officials could be corrupt, the bars were stamped with the names of the Emperor's representatives who came to test the purity of the gold. Roman Empire, 250-400 CE. From Aboukir, Egypt. (The British Museum, London).



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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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