American Numismatic Society
American Numismatic Society

"From Alexander to Cleopatra: the Coins of Egypt"

with Dr. Thomas Faucher, CNRS (IRAMAT-CEB) Orleans University

By using the latest technologies and sharing information with connected fields (metallurgy, art history, papyrology, epigraphy, ceramology, etc…), the study of coins has enabled us to re-examine the history of a region or of a kingdom. In Egypt, coins tell us about the country’s history, from the salary of the soldiers and merchants paid in large gold or silver pieces, to the farmer of the Nile valley, paying his taxes with bronze coins. In this talk, Dr. Faucher will address several questions pertaining to the use of coins in ancient Egypt. For example, how were the coins made? What role did coinage play in the economy? How was it affected by the different dynastic crises? How are the kings of Egypt depicted? Was Cleopatra beautiful?

Dr. Thomas Faucher was recruited in 2013 as a Research Fellow at the Centre IRAMAT Ernest Babelon. After a post-doc in the ANR-Nomisma program at the University of Paris-Sorbonne (2008-2010), he was a Scientific Member of the French Institute of Oriental Archaeology (IFAO) in Cairo (2011-2013). His research interests develop around the production of currency in Egypt, ore mining monetary circulation.

Tuesday, 16 September, 2014
5:30pm Reception
6:00pm Lecture

75 Varick Street, Floor 11
New York, NY 10013

RSVP required to,
(212) 571-4470 ext 117

Government issued photo i.d. required for entry