Gold Coin Draws Attention to Long-Forgotten Roman Emperor

Friday, December 2, 2022 at 5:12pm UTC

Analysis of a gold coin that portrays a long-forgotten Roman emperor and that was long considered a fake seems to indicate that the coin is authentic. Little is known about Sponsian, a possible Roman military commander or emperor who may have been active in the province of Dacia during the Crisis of the Third Century. This was a period of significant upheaval during which the Roman Empire almost collapsed due to civil war, plague, economic depression and repeated invasions.

Although none of the unearthed ancient documents mention Sponsian, historians theorized his existence from coins bearing his name that were…

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