Testing a new sampling method in Frankfurt
Prof. Sabine Klein from the Bergbaumuseum, Bochum is testing a new method of obtaining material from coins for analysis using quartz rods to take minute samples from their surface. It is hoped that in this way it will be possible to obtain samples from gold coins in the field outside a laboratory and without drilling them.
Sabine Klein takes samples for coin by rubbing the surface with a small quartz rod
Preparations for sampling coins in Frankfurt
On 16th December, Prof. Sabine Klein from the Bergbaumuseum, Bochum attended a meeting at the RGK in Frankfurt to arrange the sampling of coins for analysis. The meeting was also attended by Prof. Aleksander Bursche, Dr. David Wigg-Wolf, Dr. Holger Komnick and Dr. Anna Zapolska. A selection of gold, gold-plated and silver coins will be analysed by Sabine Klein in the laboratories in Bochum.
David Wigg-Wolf photographs coins prior to sampling, watched by Holger Komnick and Sabine Klein
Cooperation with Institute of Applied Physics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
At the beginning of December, Aleksander Bursche and Kyrylo Myzgin visited the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University where they met Oleksandr M. Bugay, Vice-Head of the Department of Nuclear Physics Research of the Institute of Applied Physics in Sumy, Mikhail Liubichev, chief of the Germanic-Slavonic Archaeological Expedition and Oleg Anokhin from Chernivtsi, author of a web-site on barbarian imitation of Roman coins. They discussed methods of the analysis of coin imitations and selected altogether 46 coins for analysis in the Sumy laboratory including: 12 silver coins from dies identical to L. Lindt's group, 6 silver coins from O. Anokhin's group, 10 gold plated, 9 silver plated or "white metal" and 6 bronze pieces (anima). All plated coins will be analysed by layers. The first results will be presented at the annual project meeting in Nieborów in April 2017. The Institute of Applied Physics in Sumy will sign a cooperation agreement with the Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw.
V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University
Seminar with Lilia Dergaciova
At 30th of May dr. Lilia Dergaciova, senior researcher at the Centre of Archaeology, Institute of Cultural Heritage of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova, delivered a paper “New Data on Recently Discovered Siliqua Coin Hoards from Moldova” at the PhD seminar on ancient numismatics of prof. Aleksander Bursche at the Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw. The presentation included rare imitations of siliquae of unknown provenance, which were widely discussed.
For some 15 years the number of barbarian imitations found on the territory of Moldova has dramatically arisen. Dr Dergaciova has agreed to collect all necessary data concerning them for the purposes of the IMAGMA project.
INC Statement on Cultural Property
The International Numismatic Council has released the following statement on cultural property:
"The INC condemns the illegal excavation of numismatic objects and theft, looting or destruction of any kind, since such activities destroy valuable historical information. At the same time, it recognizes the importance of collecting by museums as well as by private collectors. Collectors and collections have an important role to play in the preservation of information about coins, archaeological contexts, or hoards found before and after 1970. The INC encourages all of its members to publish their holdings, to take care to establish the history of their objects, and to make such information available to scholarship." (source: http://inc-cin.org/statement-about-cultural-property.html)
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