Several years ago, I purchased 100 encrusted bronze coins from the ancient Roman city of Thrace, which is now Bulgaria. I was living in Australia at the time. For several weeks, I soaked the coins in olive oil and slowly removed fifteen hundred years of grime and caked on dirt to reveal several nice, identifiable coins. I then wire wrapped the coin using gold filled wire. This was a labor of love and I’m tempted to do it all over again. After moving back to Santa Barbara, CA, I created a wire wrapped bracelet using found objects including beach glass and you guessed it, this coin. After entering it into the Santa Barbara Fair and Expo, I’m happy to say that it won 1st place in the found objects category.
This coin has crossed the world. I’m sure that the metalsmith that struck the coin could have never imagined that would still be used fifteen hundred years later.