History Flash; Hindus must learn from Today’s Roman Coin Story (Post No.11,470)


Post No. 11,470

Date uploaded in London – 24 November 2022                  

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Lord Krishna changed his capital from Mathura in Uttar Pradesh to Dwaraka in Gujarat to defeat Kala/Black Yavana. Krishna moved his capital 800 miles away fearing him. Later Krishna finished him. His move was a tactical one. But we don’t know who that Kala Yavana was.

Puranas talk about an unknown Asoka called Kala Asoka (Black Asoka).

The dancig girl bronze recovered from Indus Valley Site is a black lady with thick lips. We have to analyse the idol chemically and scientifically to know how old it was.

Our most valuable Peacock throne and other treasures are in Tehran (Iran) museum. Madurai Meenakshi’s sapphire was brought to London “to show” it to Quuen Victoria and “broghut back” to Madurai in Tamil Nadu. I don’t think it was brought back to Madurai from London. It is still in Royal treasury here in London.

I have published all these things in my previous articles in this blog. A dramatic robbery story of Sri Rangam temple diamond of Lord Renaganatha is also posted by me here.

Last but not the least, the Shyamantaka, the most murderous diamond reported in the Bhagvata Purana is in American Museum in the name of “Hope Diamond”.

Kanchi Paramacharya  (1894-1994) said Kapilaranya of Sagara/Kapila Muni story is California . Still no one did more research on these things. That is why I wrote “India needs an Indiana Jones”.

Indian history itself remains a mystery; we have to rewrite it.

Read the following story that was featured in all British Newspapers and TV channels this morning and get some inspiration to do more research. Please join me in the research.


Daily Mail , London, reports

Ancient Roman coin thought to be FAKE after being discovered in Transylvania over 300 years ago is almost certainly authentic – and proves the existence of ‘forgotten’ leader Sponsian, study claims

·         The coin, unearthed 300 years ago, depicted a leader named Sponsian 

·         It was believed to be a forgery, as it differed from other Roman coins 

·         There are no other historical records that Sponsian ever existed, but new analysis suggests the coin is indeed authentic

A forgotten Roman emperor has been saved from obscurity as a coin long thought to be fake has finally been authenticated.

The coin, unearthed 300 years ago, depicted a leader named Sponsian who was in power during the 260s AD.

It was believed to be a forgery, as it differed from both the manufacture process and general style of Roman coins from the time.

There are no other historical records that Sponsian ever existed, but new analysis suggests the coin is indeed authentic.

The coin comes from a small hoard unearthed in Transylvania in 1713 which found their way into collections around Europe.

Some ended up at The Hunterian museum in Glasgow, where they remained hidden in wooden cabinets until now.

Researchers from University College London closely analysed the coins – three of which depicted other known Roman emperors – using a range of techniques, including light microscopy and ultra-violet imaging.

On the Sponsian coin, they discovered micro-abrasion patterns typically associated with coins that were in circulation for an extensive period of time.

The researchers also analysed earth deposits on the coin, finding evidence that after its use the coin was buried for a prolonged period before being discovered.

Together, the new evidence strongly indicate the coin is authentic, the team said.

They suggest Sponsian was an army commander in the Roman Province of Dacia during a period of military strife during the 260s AD.

Who was Sponsian? 

The team suggest Sponsian was an army commander in the Roman Province of Dacia during a period of military strife during the 260s AD.

Coins have always been an important symbol of power and authority in Rome. 

The researchers believe Sponsian may have authorised the creation of locally produced coins, some featuring his own image.

Only four coins featuring Sponsian are known to have survived to today.


The Guardian News Paper adds

A hoard of gold coins once thought to be fakes have been authenticated by researchers who say the artefacts reveal a long-lost Roman emperor.

The coins bear the name and image of a shadowy historical figure, Sponsian, whose existence was previously placed in doubt by experts who suggested the coins were the work of sophisticated 18th-century fraudsters.

But a scientific analysis has concluded that the coins are genuine third-century artefacts, and the researchers make the case that Emperor Sponsian was also the real deal.

“We’re very confident that they’re authentic,” said Prof Paul Pearson, of University College London, who led the research. “Our evidence suggests Sponsian ruled Roman Dacia, an isolated goldmining outpost, at a time when the empire was beset by civil wars and the borderlands were overrun by plundering invaders.”

The hoard of coins are said to have been unearthed in Transylvania, in modern-day Romania, in 1713. Several depict recognised Roman emperors of the third century, including Gordian III and Philip the Arab. But four coins bear the name and image of Sponsian, who does not appear in any other historical records.

When the coins were discovered, they were initially thought to be genuine. But from the mid-19th century, attitudes changed owing to the coins’ crude designs and jumbled inscriptions. One expert suggested they were the work of a sophisticated Viennese fraudster who had invented an emperor to appeal to collectors, and this became the prevailing view.

Pearson, an earth scientist, learned about the coins and the “fake emperor” while researching a book on Roman history as a lockdown project. He began corresponding with Jesper Ericsson, the numismatics curator at the Hunterian museum in Glasgow, which holds a coin in its collection, and the pair decided to perform a full scientific analysis.

This revealed that simply based on their weight in gold, the coins are valuable – the assemblage would be worth $20,000 (£16,700) in modern value. “If they’re a forgery, that’s a big outlay to start with,” said Pearson.

When examined at high magnification using optical imaging and electron microscopy, the coins showed similar patterns of wear and tear to genuine coins, suggesting they had been in circulation for several years. Minerals on the surface of the coins were consistent with them having been buried for an extended period, and the scientists detected sulphate crystals, which typically form when an object is deprived of oxygen for a long time and then re-exposed to air.

“I believe we have established with a very high degree of confidence that they are genuine,” said Pearson, adding that the question of Sponsian’s identity was “more speculative”.

It is known that the Dacia region was cut off from central command during a period of military strife in the 260s CE. Writing in the journal Plos One, the authors speculate that Sponsian was a military leader who assumed authority over the Roman enclave and established a local coin mint.

“He took on the title imperator – supreme military commander – that was reserved for the emperor,” said Pearson. “There are other precedents of regional emperors. If we allow Roman emperors to self-identify, he was a Roman emperor.”

Dr Adrastos Omissi, of the University of Glasgow, who was not involved in the research, described the analysis as “a brilliant piece of work”. “I think they’ve made a really convincing argument for the existence of Sponsian and of him being a real emperor,” he said, adding that the late 3rd century was a period of such turbulence and unrest that “the bar for being an emperor was very low”.

However, others were more sceptical. “They’ve gone full fantasy,” said Richard Abdy, the curator of Roman and iron age coins at the British Museum. “It’s circular evidence. They’re saying because of the coin there’s the person, and the person therefore must have made the coin.”


Tags-  Roman coin, rewrite history, Sponsian

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