Investigating the composition of small Hellenistic silver coins using negative muons

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The quality of ancient silver coinage is often seen as a comment on the fiscal health of the issuing states. This is nowhere more apparent than with Roman coinages, which witnessed heavy debasements during the first three centuries of our era. Two processes are detectable: a reduction in the fineness of the alloys; and a reduction in weight standards. However, the hypothesis here is that the two processes are interlinked, and that the second is...
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