A horde of 108,000 Roman coins discovered in Libya have undergone resoration. The coins were found in 1981 and were in such poor condition that it was only due to recent technological advances that they were able to be restored now.
Now Italy’s Institute for Technologies Applied to Cultural Heritage (ITABC) has acquired the means to do it, using instruments such as the DPAA (Deep Proton Activation Analysis), a non-invasive analysing tool.
Datable to 294-33 AD, the coins have a rare mix of copper, tin and lead alloys with a touch of silver and a silver coating. “It’s the biggest haul of coins not only in the Roman world but probably throughout all antiquity,” said ITABC’s Salvatore Garraffo.