Numismatic Commemorations of the 200th Birthday of George Washington in 1932

by Sydney F. Martin

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The celebration of the bicentennial of the birth of George Washington in 1932 is perhaps the largest public demonstration of singularity of purpose the world has ever seen. Beginning in 1924 with the establishment of a National Committee chaired by the President of the United States and culminating with an incredible level of activity during 1932, it stands as a testimonial to our Founding Father. Representing a lifetime of collecting numismatic monuments to Washington, Martin’s book serves as a guide to the richness of 1932’s output, documenting hundreds of examples from across the United States. The book is divided into six chapters: Background and Purpose; Coins, Medals, Tokens, and Badges; Lapel Pins, Buttons, and Brooches; Ribbon-Badges; Plaques; and Die-Stamped and Cast Novelties. Appendixes of manufacturers and acronyms, bibliography, and general index follow.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sydney F. Martin (1945–2021) was a Life Member of the Colonial Coin Collectors Club (C4), and for 10+ years was the editor of its award-winning quarterly C4 Newsletter. He was a life member, Fellow, and Past President of the American Numismatic Society (ANS).

Journal of Early American Numismatics 4.1 (June 2021)

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The Coins Made “for the Islands and Mainland of America” by the French West India Company (1670), by Jérôme Jambu

The Letter from the Officer of the 64th Regiment was not About the
1776 Continental Dollar, by Julia H. Casey

The Crane Ring of Rupert, Vermont: A Family of Counterfeiters at Reuben Harmon’s Mint, by Julia H. Casey

The Most Persistent Patent Farthing Counterfeiter, by Mark A. Sportack

Evasion Coppers: A Rose by any other Name, by Jeff Rock

Guide to Biblical Coins (6th ed.)

by David Hendin

Hardcover ISBN 978-0-89722-741-4
xx + 648 text pages, b/w figs.

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Forty-five years after its first edition, Hendin has revised and updated this book to reflect relevant discoveries in archaeology and numismatics of ancient Israel. The metallurgy of Judean coins, symbols on Hasmonean cons, the Hasmonean coin chronology, Herodian mints, irregular issues, the Jewish War, and coin denominations are only a few of the topics that Hendin has updated.

New to the sixth edition is numismatic information about the Kingdom of Adiabene, the Ituraean Kingdom, the Roman Governors of Syria, and coins with images of Old Testament stories.

Many hundreds of new and improved graphics help illuminate the text. The photo plates have been expanded dramatically as have the images in the catalog and text. Includes a complete concordance between previous editions of GBC as well as other key references, elaborate end notes, an expanded bibliography, a full index, and an index of Latin inscriptions on the Judaea Capta coins.

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A Half a Century of Studying Biblical Coins“, by David Hendin, The Ancient Near East Today 9.11 (The American Society of Overseas Research)

A Conversation with David Hendin“, the Planchet podcast of the American Numismatic Society

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Hendin is an expert in coins and weights of the ancient Levant. His original research has been published in more than 75 journal articles and book chapters and he has written of hundreds of magazine articles.

Hendin is first vice president and adjunct curator at the American Numismatic Society. In addition to Guide to Biblical Coins, he is author of Ancient Scale Weights, Cultural Change, Not Kosher (Forgeries of Ancient Jewish and Biblical Coins), and Collecting Coins plus eight non-numismatic books including the national bestseller Death as a Fact of Life.

Hendin received the Gunnar Holst Foundation Medal at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) in 2013 and the President’s Award of the American Numismatic Association in 2003 and more than a dozen literary awards.

In 1985 and 1986 he was chief numismatist of the Joint Sepphoris Project under the auspices of Duke University and Hebrew University and Duke’s Sepphoris Research Project in 2011.

Hendin earned his M.A. from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 1970 after a year as a volunteer in the wake of Israel’s Six Day War. Hendin has been listed in Who’s Who in America since 1974.

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Faustina the Younger

(Numismatic Studies 43)

by Martin Beckmann

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The Roman empress Faustina the Younger, wife of the emperor Marcus Aurelius and mother to at least eleven imperial children, including the future emperor Commodus, not only played a key role in Roman history of the 2nd century AD but also was the subject of almost unparalleled commemoration in visual media, especially sculpture and coinage, during her lifetime. This book examines the single largest surviving ancient source for the portraiture and public image of Faustina the Younger: the coinage struck in her name under Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius. The coinage of Faustina the Younger is rich in original iconography and long in duration but its chronology and the relationships between its various types are unclear at best, unknown at worst. This study seeks to remedy this situation by employing the methodology of die analysis to create a new and firm chronology for Faustina’s coinage. The results make it possible to establish an authoritative typology for Faustina’s portraiture and to show the precise relationship between the diverse obverse and reverse types. The die analysis also clarifies Faustina’s complicated iconographic program, making it possible to compare it directly with the iconography of the better-dated coinage of her male contemporaries. Taken together, these results permit a complete re-evaluation of the coinage, portraits and public image of Faustina the Younger.

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Martin Beckmann is Associate Professor in the Department of Classics at McMaster University. He is the author of DIVA FAVSTINA: Coinage and Cult in Rome and the Provinces and The Column of Marcus Aurelius: The Genesis and Meaning of a Roman Imperial Monument.

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The Roman Republic to 49 BCE

(Guides to the Coinage of the Ancient World 4)

by Liv Yarrow

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The narrative of Roman history has been largely shaped by the surviving literary sources, augmented in places by material culture. The numerous surviving coins can, however, provide new information on the distant past. This accessible but authoritative guide introduces the student of ancient history to the various ways in which they can help us understand the history of the Roman republic, with fresh insights on early Roman-Italian relations, Roman imperialism, urban politics, constitutional history, the rise of powerful generals and much more. The text is accompanied by over 200 illustrations of coins, with detailed captions, as well as maps and diagrams so that it also functions as a sourcebook of the key coins every student of the period should know. Throughout, it demystifies the more technical aspects of the field of numismatics and ends with a how-to guide for further research for non-specialists.

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Liv Mariah YarrowBrooklyn College, City University of New York
Liv Mariah Yarrow is an Associate Professor of Classics at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her previous books include Historiography at the End of the Republic: Provincial Perspectives on Roman Rule (2006) and Polybius, Imperialism and Cultural Politics (edited with Christopher Smith, 2012). She co-directs, with Lucia Carbone, the Roman Republican Die Project at the American Numismatic Society and her ongoing research includes classical reception, the Roman Republican representation of kings, and the metallurgy and metrology of early Roman bronze coinage. At Brooklyn College she specializes in interactive large general education courses presenting Classics to a modern audience.

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The Athenian Empire

(Guides to the Coinage of the Ancient World 3)

by Lisa Kallet and John H. Kroll

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Coinage played a central role in the history of the Athenian naval empire of the fifth century BC. It made possible the rise of the empire itself, which was financed through tribute in coinage collected annually from the empire’s approximately 200 cities. The empire’s downfall was brought about by the wealth in Persian coinage that financed its enemies. This book surveys and illustrates, with nearly 200 examples, the extraordinary variety of silver and gold coinages that were employed in the history of the period, minted by cities within the empire and by those cities and rulers that came into contact with it. It also examines how coins supplement the literary sources and even attest to developments in the monetary history of the period that would otherwise be unknown. This is an accessible introduction to both the history of the Athenian empire and to the use of coins as evidence.

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Lisa KalletUniversity of Oxford
LISA KALLET is Cawkwell Fellow in Ancient History at University College, Oxford. She has published two influential books and articles on Thucydides, the Athenian empire, Attic epigraphy and Athenian democracy.

John H. KrollUniversity of Oxford
JOHN H. KROLL is Professor Emeritus of Classics at the University of Texas, Austin, and an Honorary Research Fellow of the Heberden Coin Room at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. He is the author of the volume of the Greek coins from the Agora Excavations and has written widely on other numismatic topics and on Greek weights and inscriptions. He has served as Trustee and Second Vice President of the American Numismatic Society.

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Money and Power in Hellenistic Bactria

(Numismatic Studies 40)

by Simon Glenn

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ISBN 978-0-89722-361-4
Hardcover, xv + 386 text pages, b/w figs., b/w plates

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The coins produced by the kings of the Graeco-Bactrian kingdom of the third and second centuries BC are the best and, in some cases only, primary source of evidence for the history of the period. The lack of context has, however, often led to highly speculative uses of the numismatic evidence in previous historical reconstructions. Money and Power in Hellenistic Bactria returns the focus to the coins themselves and presents the results of a full die study of the issues of Euthydemus I, Demetrius I, Euthydemus II, Pantaleon, Agathocles, and Antimachus I. In doing so it proposes a new, soundly based history of the Graeco-Bactrian kingdom under these kings based on a thorough understanding and suggested reconstruction of these enigmatic coins.

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Simon Glenn is Digital Curator of Early Modern European in the Heberden Coin Room at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford. He was previously a research fellow of the same institution where he has worked on both Greek and Roman numismatics. He has been a member of the Coin Hoards of the Roman Empire, Roman Provincial Coinage, Ancient Coins as Related Cultural Heritage, and the Oxford-Paris Alexander projects. He is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh and completed his PhD at the University of Oxford (Wolfson College), the research of which provides the basis for this book. He is a fellow and council member of the Royal Numismatic Society, and is a member of the American Numismatic Society.

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The Tiflis Dirhams of Möngke Khān

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by Kirk Bennett

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ISBN 978-0-89722-362-5
Hardcover, 188 pages, color figures

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The dirhams of Möngke Khān represent the first major emission of silver coinage in Georgia following the Mongol conquest roughly a generation previously. Struck in the Georgian capital city of Tiflis (modern Tbilisi) from the middle of AH 652 to perhaps as late as the first month of AH 660 (AD 1254–1261), these coins circulated widely throughout the South Caucasus and adjacent areas.

This coin type was the first in Georgia to provide a date formula with both the month and year of the Islamic calendar. The placement of the date formula in the four marginal segments of the reverse of the coin means that parts of it are often struck off the flan or effaced on individual specimens. The problem is compounded by poor Arabic calligraphy on many coins, leading to much confusion in the literature about the extant dates. However, using secondary design features such as the varying central obverse and reverse decorative elements, this book creates a systematic framework for dating these dirhams, identifying previously unpublished dates and varieties in the process.

The first in-depth monograph on this popular and historically important coin series, this book will be a valuable resource for both scholars and collectors interested in Georgian, Mongol, and Islamic numismatics.

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An expert on Georgian numismatics, Kirk Bennett is the author of A Catalog of Georgian Coins. The only comprehensive compendium of Georgian coin types, dates, and varieties in any Western European language, the Catalog has become a standard reference for coins of Georgia across all time periods. Bennett has also authored or co-authored articles on Georgian numismatics for the Journal of the Oriental Numismatic Society. He is a retired diplomat who served overseas in Istanbul, Moscow, Vienna, Warsaw, and Kyiv. A graduate of Georgetown and Indiana Universities where he majored in Slavic Studies, he currently lives in Vienna, Virginia.

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Hidden Power

ns42Late Cistophoric Production and the Organization of  Provincia Asia (128–89 BC)
(Numismatic Studies 42)

by Lucia Francesca Carbone

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ISBN 978-0-89722-363-8
Hardcover, vii + 266 text pages, b/w figs., 142 b/w plates containing images of 1,737 coins.

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Using the production and circulation patterns of the Asian cistophorus as a case study, Hidden Power seeks to develop a better understanding of Roman monetary policy in the province of Asia between its establishment in the 120s BC and the beginning of the Mithraditic Wars.

Hidden Power catalogues and illustrates some 1,737 cistophoric tetradrachms and fractions from the mints of Ephesus, Pergamum, Tralles, Laodicea, Apamea, Adramyteum, Nysa, and Smyrna. Most of the coins included in the study are late cistophori, issues between 134.3 BC and the 60s BC.

Appendix I provides a discussion of the late cistophori of Tralles struck after 89 BC, showing not only the direct correlation between cistophori and Roman military campaigns, but also Roman taxation.

In Appendix II, circulation data have been combined with data derived from the Tralles die study in order to calculate cistophoric production for the entirety of provincia Asia until the end of the late cistophori. This estimate provides a means to assess the financial impact of Roman taxation and exploitation by Roman imperatores over the course of the first half of the first century BC.

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Lucia Carbone is an ancient historian and numismatist who holds BA and MA degrees from Università Sapienza (Rome) as well as MPhil and PhD degrees from Columbia University (New York). She is currently the Assistant Curator for Roman Coins at the American Numismatic Society. Her main research interest is the impact of Roman imperialism on the monetary and administrative systems of the eastern provinces of the Roman Empire between the second and first centuries BC.

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Old Regime France and its Jetons

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(Numismatic Studies 41)

by James E. McClellan III

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ISSN 0517-404X
ISBN 978-0-89722-362-1
Hardcover, xiii + 268 text pages, b/w figs.

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Non-monetary tokens known as jetons originated as counters used on medieval counting tables. In certain parts of France, the Low Countries, and German lands, they continued as such into the nineteenth century. The historical and numismatic interest in jetons stems more from what else they became, particularly though the end of the eighteenth century under the Bourbon monarchs, as perks of office for office holders in the burgeoning nation state of France, New Year’s Day presents exchanged among certain segments of society, and lagniappe handed out for attendance at meetings in town halls, regional estates, and learned societies. Jetons figured in the rites and rituals of the guilds and faculties; they were swag for general meetings of the clergy, and they served as calling cards for noble families. Decoding hidden messages became a parlor game for cognoscenti, and as “petit monuments” some jetons are miniature works of high art produced by the world’s most talented artists/engravers at the world’s preeminent mint. In this book jetons serve as microdots in a pointillist, longue durée account that paints a grand portrait of early modern and Old Regime France leading up to the French Revolution.

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James E. McClellan III is professor emeritus of the history of science at Stevens Institute of Technology. He has published widely on eighteenth-century French science, scientific institutions, scientific publications, and science and colonial expansion. Decades ago, from his work on French academies, Jim learned of jetons de présence—little silver tokens handed out for attendance at academy meetings—and he began collecting jetons. Along the way he encountered an unexpected divide separating communities of historians and numismatists specializing in early modern and Old Regime France, and he decided to investigate. He came to see that through the lens of these tiny, almost trivial artifacts from the past, a vast panorama opens up on the whole of society and culture of France through to the French Revolution. This book is the result of that inquiry, proving once again just how contingent the course of historical research actually is.

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