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Mould for minting Roman coins found in Talkad [India]
Deccan Herald ^ | May 19, 2014 | Akram Mohammed

Posted on 05/30/2014 4:39:12 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

For those who think financial fraud or circulating fake currencies is a modern day phenomenon, an ancient Roman coin mould on display at the Department of Archaeology, Museums and Heritage in the city is a startling revelation.

The Roman coin mould, which is being displayed for the first time since its excavation in 1993, indicates that fake coins were in circulation around 19 to 20 centuries ago. The terracotta mould is among the most important objects displayed at the exhibition, apart from terracotta figurines, iron objects, bronze dies, stone beads.

M S Krishnamurthy, a retired professor of Archaeology who led the team that unearthed the mould, told Deccan Herald that it was a mould for Roman coins in circulation during the first century AD. “The coins probably were minted either during the period of Augustus or his son Tiberius,” he said.

“In the area where we spotted the mould, a foundry with a crucible was also found. Considering this, it is possible that a person living in Talkad was minting duplicate coins of Romans,” he said. He added that it was one of the rare and unique moulds excavated in the State.

Archaelogist Gowda N L said that the mould contained an inscription of Greek goddess Livia with words, ‘Maxim Pontis’.

“The coins with the same inscriptions were in circulation around the country. Roman coins belonging to the first century AD have been found in various excavation sites around the country. However, such a terracotta mould has never been found elsewhere.”

He added that the coins might have been minted at Talkad and circulated around the country. “It is possible that the value of Roman currency was more in India during the period, which might have led a few individuals at Talkad to indulge in minting fake coins,” he added.

(Excerpt) Read more at deccanherald.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: epigraphyandlanguage; godsgravesglyphs; india; romanempire

The terracotta mould of the Roman coin on display at the museum in Mysore.

The terracotta mould of the Roman coin on display at the museum in Mysore.

1 posted on 05/30/2014 4:39:13 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 05/30/2014 4:39:38 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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New finds indicate tantric worship in South India 2000 years ago
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[snip] The Satavahanas trade relationship with the Roman Empire was also confirmed through finds of silver and gold-plated coins and terracotta dollars embossed with images bearing close resemblance to Roman Emperor Tiberius. [/snip]


3 posted on 05/30/2014 4:40:59 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

And here we blamed the Roman government for shaving the coins..... Which they did


4 posted on 05/30/2014 4:41:50 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: SunkenCiv

And here we have corrupt politicians running the monetary printing press 24/7. Verily, there’s nothing new under the sun....


5 posted on 05/30/2014 4:46:02 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..))
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To: SunkenCiv

They found Abdullah Capone’s hang out.


6 posted on 05/30/2014 4:46:56 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: SunkenCiv

Wait a minute — coins are struck — not molded.


7 posted on 05/30/2014 4:53:35 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin
A moldy oldie!
9 posted on 05/30/2014 5:12:06 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: SunkenCiv
WHY would we think that counterfeiting would only be a modern phenomenon?
There have ALWAYS been cheaters and frauds. Always.
10 posted on 05/30/2014 5:13:40 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: BenLurkin

Real coins are struck, apparently counterfeit coins of the period were molded is one possible explanation.


11 posted on 05/30/2014 5:17:15 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: BenLurkin

I got a counterfeit $.50 piece once.

It was molded using what looked like solder. Would have cost more to make than you could buy with it.


12 posted on 05/30/2014 5:33:29 PM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: SunkenCiv

About 70% of all Roman coins were melted down, adulterated and re-coined via using such molds. Counterfeiting was a big business back then.


13 posted on 05/31/2014 8:48:14 AM PDT by Yollopoliuhqui
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To: Yollopoliuhqui

Nonsense.


14 posted on 05/31/2014 4:32:37 PM PDT by Godebert
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