Coin; AE35


About this object

Many objects that survived the fire lost their identity. Not only were hundreds of objects and specimens burnt beyond recognition, but the museum also lost many of its archives. The records of how objects arrived at the museum, who they were owned by and why they were considered important enough to collect were also lost that night.

This 2,000 year old coin barely survived the flames. Not only is it charred, but it had begun to melt from the intense heat of the fire. Although the coin was rescued from the museum its records were lost. Without them it is impossible to say who donated it to the museum and why.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Alexandria
  • Date made
    285 - 246 BC or later
  • Materials
    Alloy Copper
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Source currently unrecorded
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    41.82 mm x 39.06 mm x 9.68 mm; 1 5/8 in x 1 9/16 in x 3/8 in
  • Note
    'From Roman Aes Grave coll.' i.e. recovered after the bombing of Museum.
Object view = Humanities
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