Ancient Coin


An archaeologist, keen to make a discovery of a lifetime, unearths a coin with the date 56BC on it. She excitedly calls her museum curator on the phone to tell him about her discovery. “I’m absolutely sure it’s a fake” the curator confidently says over the phone. How can he be “absolutely sure” about this without ever having seen the coin?



How would anyone in the era we know as “B.C.” or, “before Christ”, have known how many years before Christ it was? It wasn’t until after Christ or the era we call “A.D.” that years were numbered as “B.C.” and “A.D.”


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