Coins, Artists, and Tyrants: Syracuse in the Time of the Peloponnesian War

(Numismatic Studies 33)

by Wolfgang R. Fischer-Bossert
Ute Wartenberg, Editor
with selected passages from L. O. Tudeer,
Die Tetradrachmenprägung von Syrakus in der Periode der signierenden Künstler
translated by Orla Mulholland,
and a biographical sketch about Tudeer by Tuukka Talvio

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ISSN 0517-404-x
ISBN 978-0-89722-341-6
Hardcover, 400 text pages, b/w figures, 27 b/w plates, hoards pull-out, signed tetradrachms pull-out, color die-link chart pull-out

Coins, Artists, and Tyrants contains the first fully translated and revised text of Lauri O. Tudeer, Die Tetradrachmenprägung von Syrakus in der Periode der signierenden Künstler, as well as a biography of Tudeer, plus a completely new evaluation of signed coin dies and the artists who produced them. Over 100 years after its first publication, Wolfgang R. Fischer-Bossert completely updates the scholarship and bibliography on signed Syracusan tetradrachms, making this book the single most important source on the subject. The book includes plates, a full-color die-link chart, and three pull-outs featuring Syracusan tetradrachms and hoards.

Wolfgang R. Fischer-Bossert is an independent scholar specializing in Archaic and Classical coinages of the Greeks including their barbarous neighbours in both the Balkans and the Levant. He has been on the staff of the German Archaeological Institute at Athens and has also worked with the excavation teams at Boğazköy-Hattuša and Karatepe/Cilicia in Turkey. He has published widely, and has taught Classics and Ancient Numismatics at the Freie Universität, Berlin, and at Vienna University. He currently holds a post-doc at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Institute for the Study of Ancient Culture.

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The Athenian Decadrachm

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(Numismatic Notes and Monographs 168, 2008)

by Wolfgang Fischer-Bossert

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ISBN 978-0-89722-309-6
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The first monograph in over 35 years in any language to study the coinage of classical Athens. It collects for the first time the evidence for the largest denomination ever produced by the Athenian state, the ten-drachma piece, and situates the coinage within its social, political and economic background. This book represents a huge advance on the previous study of the material, Chester Starr’s Athenian coinage, 480–449 B.C. (Oxford, 1970). Fischer-Bossert has collected more than three times as many specimens as were known to Starr, and has provided a full account of the known forgeries drawn from the photo-files of major dealers, scholars and museums. A die-study of forty genuine Athenian decadrachms in public and private collections is provided, together with a catalogue of more than ninety modern forgeries. Almost all are illustrated. This will be an indispensable work for all interested in the coinage and history of 5th-century Athens. In addition, its judicious discussion of the history of the forgery of these remarkable coins will make this volume a handbook for all serious collectors of ancient Greek coinage.

Contents:

Introduction
Description
The types
Internal arrangement of the series
Fabric
Context
Provenances and hoards
Dating the series
The purpose of the issue
Catalogue
Known specimens
Old specimens without known afterlife
Lead trial pieces
Forgeries
Ancient forgeries
Modern fakes and suspected specimens
a. Becker’s fake, before 2 October 1827
b. The second Strangford coin, before 1828
c. “Hoffmann”, before 1866, or even before 1857
d. “de Luynes”, before 1891
e. “Alexandria”, before 1900
f. Christodoulou’s fake, at least partly before 1903
g. “Schulman”, before 1922
h. “Ars Classica”, before 1928
i. “Burgon”, before 1970
k. “Phoenician style’§ before 1985
l. Origin unknown, before 1992
m. Tourist fakes from Turkey and Syria, before 1993
n. From Syria, 2008
0. Still more fakes
Appendix: The Acquisition of the Prokesch-Osten Specimen
Concordances
Bibliography

Coins of the Holy Land

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(Ancient Coins in North American Collections 8, 2013)

by Ya’akov Meshorer with Gabriela Bijovsky and Wolfgang Fischer-Bossert; edited by David Hendin and Andrew Meadows

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ISBN-13: 978-0-89722-283-9 Hardback, 2 vols, 344+244pp

The Abraham and Marian Sofaer collection consists of 4,000 coins and related objects produced by the peoples who inhabited the Holy Land from the Persian period in the 5th and 4th centuries BCE through the Crusader Kingdom in the 13th century of the modern era. Assembled over more than 30 years, the collection contains gold, silver and bronze coins of the Persians, Greeks, Samarians, Jews, Nabataeans, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, and Crusaders.

Highlights of the collection include a rich selection of the fractional silver coinage of Samaria; a comprehensive assemblage of the coins of the Hasmonaean and Herodian Jewish dynasties; superb examples of coinage issued during the Jewish revolts from Rome; fully representative runs of the coinages of the cities of Galilee, Samaria, Judaea, Idumaea, and the Decapolis under Roman rule; and rare examples of the Umayyad and Abassid coinages produced in Jerusalem and elsewhere.

All coins are fully described and illustrated on 238 plates. These volumes will serve as standard reference works for archaeologists, historians and numismatists studying two millennia of the history of the Holy Land.

Contents:

Galilee and Samaria
The Coins of Akko-Ptolemais
The Coins of Antipatris
The Coins of Caesarea
The Coins of Caesarea Panias
The Coins of Demetrias
The Coins of Dora
The Coins of Gaba
The Coins of Joppa
The Coins of Neapolis
The Coins of Samaria-Sebaste
The Coins of Sepphoris-Diocaesarea
The Coins of Tiberias
City Coins of Judaea, Idumaea, and Philistia
The Coins of Aelia Capitolina
The Coins of Anthedon
The Coins of Ashdod
The Coins of Ascalon
The Coins of Diospolis
The Coins of Eleutheropolis
The Coins of Gaza
The Coins of Marisa
The Coins of Nicopolis
The Coins of Al-Ramlah
The Coins of Raphia
The Coins of Yubna
The Decapolis and Provincia Arabia
The Coins of Abila
The Coins of Adraa
The Coins of Aylah
The Coins of Bostra
The Coins of Canatha
The Coins of Capitolias
The Coins of Charachmoba
The Coins of Dium
The Coins of Esbous
The Coins of Gadara
The Coins of Gerasa
The Coins of Hippos
The Coins of Medaba
The Coins of Nysa-Scythopolis
The Coins of Pella 188
The Coins of Petra 191
The Coins of Philadelphia 195
The Coins of Philippopolis
The Coins of Rabbathmoba
The Coins of the Samarians, Nabataeans, and Ituraeans
The Coins of the Samarians
The Coins of the Nabataeans
The Coins of the Ituraeans
Jewish Coins
Persian Period
Under the Ptolemies
The Hasmoneans
The Herodian Dynasty
Under Rome
The Jewish War
Under Rome
The Bar Kochba Revolt
Countermarks of Roman legions
Tyrian Shekels as Temple Tribute
Index
Bibliography

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