Neutron activation analysis of the metals from ancient coins dating back to Roman age

Akyuz T., Mukhamedshina N., Basaran S., Akyuz S., Mirsagatova A. A. , Bolcal C., ...More

ASIAN JOURNAL OF CHEMISTRY, vol.19, no.3, pp.1832-1836, 2007 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 19 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Page Numbers: pp.1832-1836


Concentration levels of various elements have been estimated in ancient coins dating back to Roman age, which have been found in a sewage system of the ancient Ainos (Enez, Turkey). The coins are distributed into two groups on the basis of elemental composition: Pb and Cu based or Fe and Mn based coins indicating that two different ore deposits were used for issuing these coins. Other minor elements present in varying proportions are Ca, As and n. Besides to these major and minor elements, the coins,,were found to contain Na, K, Sc, Cr, Co, Ni, Zn, Br, Ag, Sb, Ba, An as impurities.