Hellenistic Royal Coinages (HRC) is a National Endowment for the Humanities funded project based at the American Numismatic Society in New York City. HRC is a web-based resource for users to learn about, research, and conduct different types of analyses on the coinages produced by the different dynasties and rulers of the ancient Mediterranean and Near East during the Hellenistic period (ca. 323–31 BC). These include the coins struck by (and in the name of) Alexander the Great and those struck by his successors, such as the Seleucids in the Near East and the Ptolemies in Egypt.
This site, the HRC Union Catalogue, allows users to search across all existing HRC type corpora simultaneously. These include: PELLA, a resource that currently focuses on the coinage in the name of Philip II of Macedon and Alexander the Great; Seleucid Coins Online, a resource devoted to the coinage of the Seleucid dynasty; and Ptolemaic Coins Online, a resource for the coinage of the Ptolemaic dynasty, and Antigonid Coins Online, which currently includes the coinage of Demetrius Poliorcetes. In the future we hope to add additional resources for the coinages of other Hellenistic dynasties and rulers including the Antipatrid, Attalid, and Bactrian dynasties.
While the American Numismatic Society’s collection serves as the core of all these searchable catalogues, thousands of examples are illustrated by links to coins in other major collections including those in the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the British Museum, the Münzkabinett der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin, and other public collections in the US and Europe.
In March 2017, the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded Hellenistic Royal Coinages $262,000 as part of the the broader Hellenistic Royal Coinages (HRC) initiative. This grant is issued through the NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program, to be dispersed over three years, to complete the project.
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