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An Excellent Analysis of the Coins-on-the-Eyes Issue

imageMUST READ:  Jos Verhulst from Antwerp writes:

. . . The lituus seems to show an horizontal orientation, at variance with the reports by Filas and others.

Note however, that the characters seem to be composed of thread itself; they are not imprinted on the shroud, but they seem to be formed by the woven textile as such. As a matter of fact, it is possible (for instance) to detect al lot of A’s on other parts of the shroud.

So there seems to be some evidence, but it is very weak. . . .

READ THE ENTIRE LETTER:  Be fair to Jos Verhulst and to yourself and read the entire email and look at the large images below the fold by clicking on Read More. This is the best analysis I have seen in many years.

Some months ago,I briefly looked into the problem of the alleged coin
image on the shroud and this is what I found:
(1) My starting point was the booklet by Jean-Philippe Fontanille &
Sheldon Lee Gosline (2001) "The coins of Pontius Pilate" (Warren
Center, Pennsylvania: Shangri La Publicatins).
The authors started from the picture that appeared in "Dossiers
d’Archéologie" nr 249, dec.1999, p.122).
This is the 2/3 Enrie pic made in 1931.
I looked at the same picture as it was printed in "Dossiers
d’Archéologie". This is the eye with the alleged coin, as it is
printed in "Dossiers d’Archéologie":



It was rather easy to guess the location of the following details:
(a) circumference of the coin (dark rims):



(b) outlne of 4 characters (KAI and A) and part of the lituus



The lituus seems to show an horizontal orientation, at variance with
the reports by Filas and others.
Note however, that the characters seem to be composed of thread
itself; they are not imprinted on the shroud, but they seem to be
formed by the woven textile as such. As a matter of fact, it is
possible (for instance) to detect al lot of A’s on other parts of the
shroud.
So there seems to be some evidence, but it is very weak.
(c) some additional evidence is offered by the following picture



This picture is taken from the book by Oswald Scheuermann "Turiner
Tuchbild aufgestrahlt? Nachweisversuch" Saarbrücken: Verlag Dr.Mümmer,
p.53.
It is a computer processed picture, with the periodic pattern produced
by the textile structure eliminated with the help of Fourier
techniques (the processing was done at the university of Erlangen,
Germany). There remains no trace of any characters, as was to be
expected. However, the lituus seems to transpire rather clearly, which
is surprising (red arrow). Note again its horizontal position (in
accordance with Fontanille’s and Gosline’s findings, , but not with
the findings by Filas and Whanger).
best wishes
Jos Verhulst, Antwerp

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