The Ministry of Culture buys two rare Roman gold coins and donates them to the Romanian History Museum

The Romanian Ministry of Culture announced on October 18 that it had purchased, exercising its right of first refusal, two rare Roman gold coins “of exceptional value for the national historical heritage”. Both have been handed over to the National History Museum of Romania in Bucharest, which will show them to the public later this month.

The two coins, Aureus Hadrianus 117-138 and Solidus Gratianus aug. 367-Nov. 375, were put up for sale by an approved company, and a commission from the Ministry of Culture analyzed the sales offers and the related documentation before starting the negotiation procedure.

“Today, October 18, 2022, we had the joy of a historic moment for the Ministry of Culture: we signed the contract for the purchase of two pieces of exceptional value for the national historical heritage. To our knowledge, this is the first time since 1990 that the Romanian State, through the intermediary of the Ministry of Culture, has made such a purchase! This is a new first, after the purchase this year of the manuscripts Eliade and Cioran and after the purchase of Villa Florica in Brătienilor in 2017. I am delighted and proud that these awards took place during my tenure,” said Minister of Culture Lucian Romașcanu.

According to him, the coin Aureus Hadrianus 117-138 is unique in public collections in Romania. Also, the Solidus Gratianus aug. 367- Nov. The 375 coin is equally rare, with only one more coin next to the one purchased by the Romanian state. Both are classified under the legal category of the National Cultural Heritage Thesaurus.

Culture Minister Lucian Romașcanu handed over the coins to Dr. Ernest Oberländer-Târnoveanu, Director General of the National History Museum of Romania, on Tuesday, October 18.

According to the museum, the public will be able to see the two rare pieces from October 27, as they will be included in the permanent exhibition Tezaurul Istoric.

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(Photo source: National History Museum of Romania)

Helen D. Jessen