American Numismatic Society
American Numismatic Society



David Hendin, adjunct curator

B.S., Education (Biology, 1967) University of Missouri, Columbia; M.A. Journalism (1970), University of Missouri, Columbia; advanced studies, Prof. Ya’akov Meshorer, Israel Museum, and Prof. Dan Barag, Hebrew University.

David Hendin is a specialist in weights and currency of the ancient Levant, especially Judaean and biblical, local Roman provincial and Nabataean numismatics. He is author of Cultural Change: Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Coins of the Holy Land (2011), Guide to Biblical Coins (2010), now in its fifth edition, Ancient Scale Weights and Pre-Coinage Currency of the Near East (2007) and 14 other books. Hendin is author of more than 45 articles in scholarly journals and book chapters. In 1985/1986 he was chief numismatist of the Joint Sepphoris Project under the auspices of Duke University (Eric and Carol Meyers) and Hebrew University (Ehud Netzer), and in 2011 with Duke’s Sepphoris Regional Project. Hendin was the principal curator of the award-winning ANS exhibit CULTURAL CHANGE: Coins of the Holy Land at the New York Federal Reserve Bank Museum in 2010/11.As consultant to the Jewish Museum in New York, Hendin worked with the late Prof. Ya’akov Meshorer to prepare and acquire coins for the exhibit, and edited the catalog Coins Reveal. Hendin has also edited Ancient Jewish Coinage Vols. I & II and the English edition of A Treasury of Jewish Coins by Ya'akov Meshorer, and with Andrew Meadows, Coins of the Holy Land: The Abraham and Marian Sofaer Collection at the American Numismatic Society and the Israel Museum. In 1992 he was elected a Fellow of the ANS and is now a Life Fellow. In 2013 Hendin was awarded the Gunnar Holst Numismatic Foundation Medal of the Swedish Numismatic Society at University of Göthenberg, Sweden. He has received four awards from the Numismatic Literary Guild, the American Numismatic Association Presidential Award in 2002, and many other honors. Hendin’s other careers as an award-winning journalist, newspaper syndicate and publishing executive, and literary agent began in 1970 and continue to the present (among his literary clients are Judith Martin, also known as Miss Manners®, Lincoln Peirce, creator of the bestselling BIG NATE® book series and cartoon strip, and prolific mystery writer Elaine Viets). He lectures frequently on Biblical-related numismatics at educational institutions and conventions worldwide.

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