The archeologist, David Gestoso, and your team, ASTARTÉ-Study of Archeology SLL, have found a roman coin during one of his archaeological excavations on the Crypt of the Church of the Incarnation of Casares. After its corresponding cleaning, management and analysis, it has been possible to specify that it is a Sesterce of the emperor Alexander Severo, coined in Rome between the years 231-235 AD
The coin, which will be exhibited in the museum of the Birthplace of Blas Infante, continues to be a mystery for experts, who still do not know the true reason for their arrival to the lands of Casares. One of the theories shuffled by archaeologists is that it was one of the many coins found in the vicinity of the Roman city of Lacipo and that somebody had it friar Franciscan who lived in the old Capuchin Convent of Casares.
Among the data extracted in its analysis, the currency is bronze, with the image of a laureate bust and the inscription “Imp SEV ALEXANDER aug” on the obverse side, and with a Victory carrying a shield with an inscription resting on the trunk of a palm tree, which reads «VICTORIA AUVGUSTI SC», on the reverse side.
After its discovery, the restorer, Enrique Salvo Rabasco, from AETOS RESTAURA, has cleaned the coin using an emulsion of anionic surfactants, stabilizing agents, alkalis without phosphates and top quality sequestering agents, in an aqueous base, which produces a concentrated alkaline, stabilized with age-resistant methyl-methacrylate copolymer , for recover the original texture and image without damaging the material. Right away, the Casares City Council has commissioned the medium to place it in one of the showcases of the local museum.