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.