THE “GOLD AND PRECIOUS METALS” COLLECTION
DR. STELUŢA GRAMATICU, MUZEOGRAF
A significant part of the gold and precious metals collection is made up of objects donated by Dr. George Severeanu and his wife Maria. These items are Greek gold coins, issues of the Syracuse and Tauromenium fortified cities, from Lesbos and Cyprus, form Cartagena or Egypt. In what concerns Roman coins, with the exception of a gold coin from Emperor Trajan, most issues belong to Roman Emperors from the 4th-5th centuries A.D., from the time of Constantine the Great, continuing with Arcadius and Honorius, until Valentinian the 3rd. Byzantine coins are also featured, with a few issues from Anastasius and Mauricius Tiberius, from Heraclius and his sons, as well as from Michael 7th, ending with a piece from John II Komnenos.
Another category of artefacts from the Gold and precious metals collection is constituted by the archaeological finds that had been purchased by Dr. Severeanu, or, in some cases, his own archaeological finds: golden rings, looped rings from Bulgaria, jewellery made of precious metals from the Greek and Roman periods, found in the Ancient fortified cities of Dobrogea (bracelets, earrings, medallions, necklaces, rings). One of the collection’s most special pieces is a necklace made out of 44 Ancient gems, produced following the request of Dr. Severeanu.
The Medieval hoard uncovered in Bucharest, at Sala Palatului, composed of Ottoman Empire and Netherlands-issued coins is also part of the present collection. Several pieces from Italy, Greece and Russia stand out as well, including the French Legion of Honour.
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