Neutron imaging for numismatics

Filomena Salvemini, Kenneth A. Sheedy, Scott Olsen, Vladimir Luzin, Ulf Garbe

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The rapid development of large scale scientific facilities providing neutron and synchrotron radiation sources offers important opportunities for the study of cultural materials. Here we highlight the application of neutron imaging as a powerful non-destructive method in numismatics. Neutron tomograms facilitate the investigation of coin morphology, porosity, inclusions and the presence of composite structures. This information can be vital for an understanding of minting techniques. In this chapter we present studies of Greek coins that substantiate arguments for the existence of diverse approaches to producing coins in antiquity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMetallurgy in Numismatics 6
Subtitle of host publicationMines, Metals and Money: Ancient World Studies in Science, Archaeology and History
EditorsKenneth A. Sheedy, Gillan Davis
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherThe Royal Numismatic Society
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)090140537X
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameRoyal Numismatic Society Special Publications
PublisherRoyal Numismatic Society


  • neutron imaging
  • Ancient Greek numismatics
  • Ancient Greek archaeology
  • synchrotron radiation
  • Incuse coins


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