Gold coin proves 'fake' Roman emperor was real

11/24/2022 12:17:00 PM

Gold coin proves 'fake' Roman emperor was real, say scientists

Gold coin proves 'fake' Roman emperor was real, say scientists

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.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.

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.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.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.Believed to be a fake, it had been locked away in a museum cupboard.Now scientists say scratch marks visible under a microscope prove that it was in circulation 2,000 years ago.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.

Prof Paul Pearson University College London, who led the research, told BBC News that he was astonished by the discovery.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."What we have found is an emperor.He was a figure thought to have been a fake and written off by the experts.He was a figure thought to have been a fake and written off by the experts."But we think he was real and that he had a role in history.In Australia's Supercars series, Team Penske, Dick Johnson Racing and Scott McLaughlin combined to take multiple titles before McLaughlin transitioned to INDYCAR, where after just one season, he became a winner." 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." 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.In 2023, the revived sportscar arm of Penske partners with Porsche once more.

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.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.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".He said that they were not only 'modern' fakes, but poorly made and "ridiculously imagined".Other specialists agreed and to this day Sponsian has been dismissed in scholarly catalogues."The bigger stuff about the sport itself, I'll have opinions, but whatever I think of, he's already thought of… usually months or years before it ever crossed my mind! That's how far ahead of the curve he always is, and I'm sure it's the same in his businesses.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.But Prof Pearson suspected otherwise when he saw photographs of the coin while researching for a book about the history of the Roman empire.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.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.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.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 said, ‘Wow, this is 11 for you, but it's a big deal for me,’ and Roger says, ‘I want 20’.

Image source,."I said, 'Wow, this is 11 for you, but it's a big deal for me,' and Roger says, 'I want 20'.

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