Silver coins of Monson belong to Roman period; not Judas', says MG Sasibhooshan

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Kozhikode: Historian Dr MG Sasibhooshan has dismissed Monson Mavunkal’s claim of possessing the silver coins of Judas.

“The silver coins featured in the photos belong to the Roman period. He convinced people by saying that it is the silver coins of Judas. It is a lie,” Sasibhooshan told

There are silver and gold coins of the Roman period. I think the photos featured Roman coins. I think it’s not a fake coin. If it was a fake one, it won’t wear out. But he was lying by claiming that those coins belong to Judas,” added Sasi Bhooshan.

In 1987, Roman coins were recovered from Nedumkandam. But of these coins, the archaeological department possesses only 50 coins. Nedumkandam was an old trade route. Hence, it was easy for the people to collect it. In 1949, Roman coins were recovered from Eyyal, a village in Thrissur. These coins have been circulated in many places. In 1983, these coins were recovered from Valluvalli in Ernakulam,” explained Sasibhooshan.

Licence is mandatory

Archeological Survey of India and state archaeological department are functioning in Kerala. A license is mandatory for selling antique pieces. I think Monson doesn’t have any license. Hence, there is no legal issue to book him in a case. But police department is unaware of the basic things regarding this rule. We can’t blame them for it, he added.
The Antiquities and Art Treasures Act is in force in India. As per this act, selling fake antiques is an offence. Such crimes are regarding as an attempt to defame Indian heritage. But the authority has no idea about this. I’m surprised about their ignorance about such laws, said the historian.

Antique sellers in Kerala used to cheat customers with fake products. But sellers in the previous period were never involved in such fraudulence. Because those who lie would not be able to survive in the field.

Certification for antique items

A committee including representatives of the Archeological Survey of India and the state archaeology department aInre giving certification to the antiques. It is learned that coins are no more considered now. If sculptors need certification, five photos should be submitted at first. Later, the committee will direct to produce the item. Certification will be given following this inspection, explained Sasibhooshan.

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