Perforated Roman coins from the Aquincum-Graphisoft cemetery


22 perforated coins were excavated in the Aquincum-Graphisoft cemetery, the eastern graveyard of the civil town, primarily found in child graves. This is surprising compared to the general scarcity of these pierced coins in larger numbers. Most peculiar are the coins with three perforations that are difficult to interpret, and are mostly found in the Middle Danubian limes. The closest parallels are from the Viminacian cemeteries in Moesia Superior, where a large number were deposited in child graves. In several cases these perforated coins formed part of a necklace or bracelet that were given as toys and protection to the infants, since they were more exposed to harm.