Aşi republicani romani şi italici din colecţia Brukenthal – Sibiu / Roman Republican and Italic Asses from the Brukenthal Collection
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|Excerpt||The paper deals with five categories of rare bronze coins belonging to the Brukenthal numismatic collection:
1. Roman Republican cast libral asses (3rd - 2nd century B. C).
2. Italic cast heavy and reduced asses (3rd - 2nd century B. C).
3. Roman Republican asses issued (cast or struck) on semilibral and sextental weight standards (3rd - 2nd century B. C).
4. Roman Republican asses struck on a weight standard based on Lex Papiria de aere publico (after 88 B. C).
5. Modern forgeries after Roman and Italic asses, perhaps worked during the 19th century. They do not appear in Becker’s catalogue of forgeries.
The access books and the archive of the Brukenthal Museum do not provide any data regarding the provenience or the place where these coins were found. But, as they are absent in the monetary currency in Dacia, one can suppose they were brought into collection from other parts of Europe (Austria, Germany, Italy etc.) where this category of nominal often occurs. The asses struck on sextantal standard and on LPDAP are in a similar state of weariness, a very advanced one, which may lead us to the conclusion that they may have made up a hoard found in Central Europe and brought into our collection by means and at a times that cannot be sure of.
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