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.
BBC News Image caption, The face of Sponsian the first, who was purged from history by experts in the nineteenth century.Nov 22, 2022, 3:00 PM Listen to this article Few figures in global motorsport have made as much of an impact as Penske, 85, who receives the award that was created to recognise the handful of very special individuals who have not only contributed a massive amount to the sport during a long career, but who will also leave a lasting legacy.David Malsher-Lopez Nov 22, 2022, 3:02 PM Few figures in global motorsport have made as much of an impact as Penske, 85, who receives the award that was created to recognise the handful of very special individuals who have not only contributed a massive amount to the sport during a long career, but who will also leave a lasting legacy.Joy Montgomery When it comes to looking for the best hoop earrings, you can’t go wrong with something classic from the likes of Maria Tash or Missoma.
Researchers have now established that he was a lost Roman emperor.By Pallab Ghosh Science correspondent An ancient gold coin proves that a third century Roman emperor written out of history as a fictional character really did exist, scientists say.Team Penske has scored 17 Indy car championships, 18 Indianapolis 500 victories, and a total of 231 Indy car wins.The coin bearing the name of Sponsian and his portrait was found more than 300 years ago in Transylvania, once a far-flung outpost of the Roman empire.Across the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series, Penske cars have amassed 10 championships, three Daytona 500 triumphs and 219 wins.Believed to be a fake, it had been locked away in a museum cupboard.The Mooresville, N.Now scientists say scratch marks visible under a microscope prove that it was in circulation 2,000 years ago.So many hoops, so little time: shop Vogue’s edit of the best here.
Prof Paul Pearson University College London, who led the research, told BBC News that he was astonished by the discovery.2022 NASCAR champion Joey Logano, Team Penske Ford (left) and team owner Roger Penske Photo by: Barry Cantrell / NKP / Motorsport Images Penske has won in pretty much every category into which he's ventured.The team’s original talisman, Mark Donohue, not only scored Penske’s first Indy 500 win but also dominated Trans-Am and Can-Am."What we have found is an emperor.He was a figure thought to have been a fake and written off by the experts.John Watson helped ensure Penske's brief period in Formula 1 yielded glory, while there have also been great sportscar successes – the Daytona 24 Hours in 1969 with a Lola T70, LMP2-class wins and an overall Sebring 12 Hours triumph with the Porsche RS Spyder, and most recently IMSA championships with Acura."But we think he was real and that he had a role in history.This proves the depth of McLaughlin’s talent but also shows that despite owning both the INDYCAR SERIES and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway since 2020, Penske is a competitor who keeps his team sharp and who still recognises prodigious potential." Image source, Paul Pearson Image caption, The ruins of the Roman fort which was headquarters of the Roman military in Transylvania from where Sponsian ruled.This proves the depth of McLaughlin's talent but also shows that despite owning both the INDYCAR SERIES and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway since 2020, Penske is a competitor who keeps his team sharp and who still recognizes prodigious potential.
The coin at the centre of the story was among a small hoard discovered in 1713.It was thought to have been a genuine Roman coin until the mid-19th century, when experts suspected that they might have been produced by forgers of the time, because of their crude design.Given the heritage of both marques, no one would be surprised if a Porsche Penske Motorsport-run 963 is first past the checkered flag at Le Mans or Daytona, or eventually takes championship honors in the WEC or IMSA.Roger Penske (right) with Rick Mears Photo by: Motorsport Images Rick Mears, who won four Indy 500s and three INDYCAR titles for Penske and as an adviser remains with the team 30 years after his retirement, is in awe of his boss.The final blow came in 1863 when Henry Cohen, the leading coin expert of the time at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, considered the problem for his great catalogue of Roman coins.He said that they were not only 'modern' fakes, but poorly made and "ridiculously imagined"."Apart from talking about drivers and racing, I usually stay quiet and just listen to Roger," he says.Other specialists agreed and to this day Sponsian has been dismissed in scholarly catalogues.That’s why Roger is still so successful.
But Prof Pearson suspected otherwise when he saw photographs of the coin while researching for a book about the history of the Roman empire.That's why Roger is still so successful.He could make out scratches on its surface that he thought might have been produced by the coin being in circulation.He contacted the Hunterian Museum at Glasgow University where the coin had been kept locked away in a cupboard along with three others from the original hoard, and asked if he could work with the researchers there.It's the same for Penske.Team president Tim Cindric, who joined the squad in 1999, says the scale of his boss’s ambition struck hard after his role as Helio Castroneves’ strategist brought glory at Indy in 2001.They examined all four coins under a powerful microscope and confirmed in the journal, PLOS 1, that there really were scratches, and the patterns were consistent with them being jingled around in purses.A chemical analysis also showed that the coins had been buried in soil for hundreds of years, according to Jesper Ericsson, who is the museum's curator of coins and worked with Prof Pearson on the project."I'll never forget, in Victory Lane, the first time we won together," recalled Cindric.
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The question is what else the so called experts have written off? I see that the BBC couldn’t bring themselves to use the date reference AD (anno domini) which means “in the year of the Lord” in Latin. Instead they use CE (common era) which is the secular equivalent of AD, I suspect this is mainly because they [the bbc] are woke AF!
BIBLE ARE REAL Jesus Christ is REAL Experts, eh? Archeologists still looking for that Jesus coin... It's something like saying 'Rocky built a lot of walls all over Great Britain.' Emperor Testicles! Pronounced Testacleeze
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