Roman coins archaeological evidence dating
Experts are at work studying them and restoring them.
After the experts are finished restoring the items, they will be on exhibit in the Museum of Sofia History, which opens September 17, 2015.
A few Roman coins, and imitations of them, have been found in China, where they were probably used as ornaments and as burial goods.
Yet these too are usually made of gold – and most are later in date (5th to 7th centuries).
Some recent research indicates the possibility that merchants from the Roman world could have been present in South-East Asia from at least the 2nd century of our era, although the evidence is suggestive rather than concrete – an apparent increase in Roman knowledge of the geography of the region from the 2nd century; and the well-known story of a 2nd-century embassy (perhaps a group of merchants) travelling to China from Vietnam.
The coin that features most frequently in the news reports appears to be a copper alloy coin of Constantius II (337-361AD), the son of Constantine the Great.The museum is in a former public bath building near the site of the excavations of Serdica. This is the second-largest coin hoard found in Serdica since excavations began.The part of Serdica where the artifacts were found lies under a square near the St. The blog calls Serdica the precursor of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. They renamed Serdica as Ulpia Serdica, and during Trajan’s reign it became the center of a Roman administrative region.So while it would be useful to be able to date the coins from Katsuren Castle more precisely, they do not necessarily indicate even indirect links between east Asia and Rome in the mid-4th century (although such indirect links are not altogether impossible).There are plenty of Roman coins in southern India and Sri Lanka that are evidence of direct links with the Roman world, and direct trade with these areas is not in doubt.