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Old Jan 14, 2004, 08:23 PM   #1
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Fouree AE question

On the topic of fourees, I have the following question. The Smithsonian Institute has a beautiful, iron cored, fouree As of the emperor Trajan on display in its numismatic collection.

I've often wondered why such an object shoul;d exist. It is widely held that the AE's were a token coinage. Why copy them in base metal?
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Old Jan 18, 2004, 05:15 PM   #2
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I'm not sure that I have ever seen a bronze fourree with an iron core but why not? In some parts of the Roman Empire, bronze was apparently scarce. If not, why would the Barbarous Radiates of Gaul be reduced so much in size? These were really coins of necessity and probably not unlike bronze and iron fourrees in this sense. On a broad scale, however, bronze coins with an iron core are rare.


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