ALEXANDER MINTED COINS OF LEAD FROM KRATOVO
The bronze coins from the time of Alexander the Great Macedonian, which were unearthed at the archeological site, Isar-Marvinci, 7 km of Valandovo, are dating from the fourth century of the new era and they were minted with lead from the Kratovsko-Zletovskata region.
This was discovered last year by proffesors, Blazo Boev and Sonja Lepitkova from the Faculty of geology in Stip and Vladimir Bermanec of the Natural-Mathematic faculty in Zagreb, Croatia.
The ancient coins were researched in a laboritory in the German city of Darmstadt where the exact information was gathered of what they are made and where they come from. Sonja Lepitkova says that the research confirm that they coins are from the time of Alexander the Great and that they contain a big quantity of lead, besides bronze and zink. "The coins are from the fourth century before our era and were made of resources from the Kratovsko-Zletovskata vulkan area. We also analised some ancient helmets which we found and they were also made from resources in the Kratovo area.These findings confirm that ancient Macedonians did live in these regions and that Alexander the Great himself, used resources from the Kratovsko region to mint coins with his picture on them", Lepitkova says.
"We plan to use these methods also on artifacts we have found on other Macedonian archeological sites", Lepitkova added.