Gold coin proves that the “fake” Roman emperor was real

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Once the researchers determined that the coins were authentic and that they had discovered what they believed to be a lost Roman emperor, they alerted researchers at the Brukenthal Museum in Sibiu, Transylvania, which also has a Sponsian coin. It was part of the bequest from Baron Samuel von Brukenthal, the Habsburg governor of Transylvania. The baron was studying the coin at the time of his death, and the story goes that the last thing he did was write a note that said “genuine.”

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