Ancestral Gold

If you were Prince William or Prince Harry, of course you would have grown up expecting to see the faces of your ancestors on coins. After all, their paternal grandmother’s face appears on more coins than any person in history, a record which will certainly never be broken.

But for me, as I guess it is for you, the expectation of ever seeing a coin with the face of one of my ancestors seemed as ridiculously absurd as the possibility of me visiting Saturn.

Then all of a sudden, there he was! And he’s on a magnificent coin, a Roman Caesar (junior emperor) being a savior of London.

It happened in a used bookstore in Downtown Hilo. I was skimming through The History and Conquests of Ancient Rome by Nigel Rogers when I was halted by the 1,700 year old coin.

I read about the conquering hero depicted on the coin, and discovered that he was the father of someone who, according to the ancestral history mapped out in the Family Forest®, I have many different ancestral pathways to.

In fact, almost a decade ago I had written about discovering that I could see his son in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I also created what I believe is an amazing Family Forest® eBook about his son’s generation-by-generation descendants for 40 generations.

So of course I bought the book. How can anyone not own the book containing photographs of the first coin one discovers depicting his or her ancestor?

Constantius Chlorus is an ancestor of probably more than a billion people living today. If you are reading this in English (or French, or German, or Spanish, or Russian, etc.), he is almost certainly one of yours. I hope you enjoy the discovery, cousin.

1 thought on “Ancestral Gold”

  1. I believe Mr. Harrison may have been the first person to make the observation of the fact that Queen Elizabeth II easily holds the record for having her image appear on the most coins of any other person in the history of the world – be they a monarch, emperor, dictator or president. When you think about the fact that her likeness will remain on countless hundreds of millions, if not billions of metallic artifacts going forward until the end of time, it is quite a remarkable thing to contemplate.
    Many factors beyond her remarkably long reign, including the immense size of the British Empire when she assumed the throne, the fact that plastic and cyber based money have been trending upward to fund most commercial transactions which once involved coins of the realm, and the fact of her reign coming during a rare time in human history where world peace displaced world wars. Kudos to the author for including this mind-expanding observation in his blog.

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