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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

numismatic rare coins

numismatic rare coins

rare coins

An incredibly rare Roman gold coin has been discovered at Blackburn Museum. The coin was part of a large collection donated to the town in 1946 by Mr. R.E. Hart, but its significance has only recently been appreciated.The gold aureus of Octavian is one of only two known to exist in the world - the other is in the collection of the British Museum in London, purchased in 1994.

Octavian was the adopted heir of Julius Caesar - as Augustus he became the first true Roman Emperor after Caesar was assassinated, ruling from 27 B.C. to 14 A.D. The coin dates to the very first year of his reign and refers to Augustus returning the laws and rights to the people of Rome after the dictatorship of Caesar.

Nick Harling, Keeper of Social History at the Museum, said: "the coin is an incredible find - we are currently recording over 8,000 coins on a database, but this one stood out because we couldn't identify it straight away. It was only after contacting the British Museum that we realised what a rarity we had!". Experts at the British Museum are said to have been 'amazed' that another example has turned up.

Blackburn Museum will be displaying the coin for a number of weeks from Tuesday 17th May 2005,after which it will be travelling down to London to be compared with its 'twin'.

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