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This time in Atlas Obscura.

"Lim is cautious about speculating on who Sponsian was, even if he did exist, on the basis of a few coins. The labeling on the coins, “IMP SPONSIANI,” he points out, doesn’t necessarily make him an emperor. “‘IMP’ stands for ‘imperator’ in English, but for the Romans, it meant a successful commander, which is what a victorious general would have been called by his soldiers,” Lim says. There’s not enough on the coins, he suggests, to formally crown Sponsian."

There weren't high-quality images of the Hungarian Museum's Sponsian coin until Pearson (left) and Ericsson (right) examined it in detail.

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13 hours ago, Roman Collector said:

This time in Atlas Obscura.

"Lim is cautious about speculating on who Sponsian was, even if he did exist, on the basis of a few coins. The labeling on the coins, “IMP SPONSIANI,” he points out, doesn’t necessarily make him an emperor. “‘IMP’ stands for ‘imperator’ in English, but for the Romans, it meant a successful commander, which is what a victorious general would have been called by his soldiers,” Lim says. There’s not enough on the coins, he suggests, to formally crown Sponsian."

Sure it meant that during the Republic. However, if memory serves, after Augustus nobody was granted that title other than the emperor. And come on, coins for someone that was a rebel general??

Since we will never know if this guy existed, the question for me has always been is this ugly, fake looking thing from antiquity or not...I still side with "or not".

And in regards to the writers of the ongoing Spongy-anus articles...

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