Kushan, Kushano-Sasanian, and Kidarite Coins

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by David Jongeward and Joe Cribb with Peter Donovan (2015)

List price: US$150
ISBN-13: 978-0-89722-334-8 Hardback, 1 vol, 322 pp., color and b/w figs., 79 color pls.

The Kushan Empire was a vast inland empire that stretched across Central and South Asia during the first to fourth centuries AD. The origins of Kushan dynasty continue to be debated, and precise dates, especially for the late Kushan kings, remain elusive, but the coinage reveals the Kushan dynasty as a major force in the cultural and political history of the ancient Silk Road.

Kushan coinage began c. AD 50 with issues of the first Kushan king, Kujula Kadphises (c. AD 50–90). The first Kushan coins were based on Greek, Scythian, and Parthian coin designs already current in the territory of present day Afghanistan and Pakistan. Under Kujula Kadphises’ son Wima Takto (c. AD 91–113) and grandson Wima Kadphises (c. AD 113–127) the coinage system was gradually centralized to serve the entire Kushan empire, stretching from Uzbekistan and Tajikistan to northern India. Gold and copper denominations were established during the reign of Wima Kadphises which were maintained through the reigns of ten more kings until the demise of the Kushan empire in the mid-fourth century AD.

This catalogue presents all the Kushan coins in the American Numismatic Society, with selected illustrations, detailed descriptions and commentary. The production system of Kushan coinage is presented with major revisions of chronology and organization compared with previous publications. This presentation has been based on the latest coin-based research, including die studies and site find analysis. The coins are classified by ruler, metal, mint, production phase, denomination, type and variety. Introductory essays present the historical and cultural contexts of the kings and their coins. All the ANS gold coins and a selection of copper coins are illustrated. This catalogue also features two series of coins issued by the Kushano-Sasanian and the Kidarite Hun rulers of former Kushan territory because they followed and adapted the Kushan coinage system.

The authors intend this catalogue to be a tool for scholars and collectors alike for understanding, identifying, and attributing these fascinating coins that represent four centuries of Central and South Asian ancient history.

Contents:

The Kushan Empire and its Coinage
Kushan Coinage Tradition
Kushan Monetary System and Mints
Previous Studies of Kushan Coins
Kushan, Kushano-Sasanian, and Kidarite Coins in the Collection of the American Numismatic Society
Kushan, Kushano-Sasanian, and Kidarite Coin Types by Ruler
1. Da Yuezhi Coins and the Coinage of Kujula Kadphises (Coins 1–146)
2. The Coinage of Wima Takto (Coins 147–257)
3. The Coinage of Wima Kadphises (Coins 258–369)
4. The Coinage of Kanishka I (Coins 370–708)
5. The Coinage of Huvishka (Coins 709–1081)
6. The Coinage of Vasudeva I (Coins 1082–1200)
7. The Coinage of the Late Kushans (Coins 1201–1688)
Kanishka II
Vasishka
Kanishka III
Vasudeva II
Mahi
Shaka
Kipunadha
8. The Coinage of the Kushano-Sasanians, Part One: Vasudeva Imitations (Coins 1690–2139)
9. The Coinage of the Kushano-Sasanians, Part Two: Royal Issues (Coins 2140–2408)
Unidentified King
Ardashir
Peroz I
Hormizd I
Hormizd II
Peroz II
Varahran
Shapur II
10. The Coinage of the Kidarite Huns (Coins 2409-2444)
11. Unidentifiable Coins (probably Kushan) from the Lincoln Series (Coins 2445–2470)
Appendices
A. North and East India Imitations (Coins A1–A168)
B. Huvishka Portrait Types
C. Deities on Kushan Coins
D. Kushan Tamgas
Addendum: The Story of a Fake Kushan Coin, ANS 1944.100.48106
Concordance to Göbl
Bibliography

American Journal of Numismatics 26

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Hardback, illus.,386 pp., 62 plates
ISSN 1053-8356
ISBN 10:0-89722-336-5
ISBN 13:978-0-89722-336-2.

Price: $75.00

Andrew R. Meadows, Editor
Oliver D. Hoover, Managing Editor

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American Journal of Numismatics 11

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Hardcover, 184 pp., 9 pls.
ISBN-13: 978-0-89722-278-5
ISBN-10: 0-89722-278-4

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Richard G. McAlee. The I.ivia Hoard of Pseudo-Philip Tetradrachms
James H. Schwartz. Engraved Gems in the Collection of the American Numismatic Society II: Intaglios with Eros
Robert Kool. A Fatimid Amulet-Box with European Coins from the Eleventh Century
John M. Kleeberg. From Regional to National Gold Circulation Patterns: The Evidence of the Hull, Texas (1936) Hoard
Michael Hodder. Western American Gold and Unparted Bars: Review of the Evidence
Book Reviews

American Journal of Numismatics 12

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James A. Schell. Observations on the metrology of the precious metal coinage of Philip II of Macedon: the “Thraco-Macedonian” standard or the Corinthian standard?

Peter G. van Alfen. The “owls” from the 1973 Iraq hoard

Melih Arslan and Ayca Ozen. A hoard of unpublished bronze coins of Ptolemy Ceraunus

Catherine C. Lorber. Large Ptolemaic bronzes in third-century Egyptian hoards

Brian Kritt, Oliver D. Hoover, and Arthur Houghton. Three Seleucid notes

Michael L. Thomas. An imitative unsealed semis from northern Etruria

Martin Beckmann. The early gold coinage of Trajan’s sixth consulship

David Woods. Julian, Gallienus, and the solar bull

Stuart D. Sears. An ‘Abbsid revolution hoard from the western Jazra (al-Raqqa?)

L. A. Saryan. An unpublished silver double tram of Gosdantin I (1298–1299), king of Cilician Armenia

Warren C. Schultz and Haim Gitler. A Mamluk bronze weight in the Israel Museum, with further comments on this rare metrological species

John A. Kleeberg. Three notes on the private gold coinage of the United States

Book Reviews

American Journal of Numismatics 13

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ISBN-13: 978-0-89722-288-4
ISBN-10: 0-89722-288-1

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John H. Kroll. A small find of silver bullion from Egypt

Elena Stolyarik. Scythians in the West Pontic area: new numismatic evidence

Helene Guiraud and James H. Schwartz. Engraved gems in the collection of the American Numismatic Society III: male deities and heroes

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Michael Fedorov. New data on the monetary circulation of medieval Uzgend: coins from the Kashka-Terek hillfort

Joel J. Orosz. Joseph J. Mickley’s diary for 1852: an annotated transcription

Aleksandar N. Brzic. Yugoslav countermarks on Austro-Hungarian gold coins

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Book Review

New Acquisitions

American Journal of Numismatics 19

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Alain G. Elayi, Jean-Noël Barrandon, and Josette Elayi. The Devaluation of Sidonian Silver Coinage in 365 BCE and the First Bronze Issues
Robert Weir. The Stymphalos Hoard of 1999 and the City’s Defenses
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Martin Beckmann. Trajan’s Gold Coinage, AD 112–117
Michael Fedorov. The Enigma of ‘Aḍud al-Dawla Kuch Tegīn Resolved
John S. Huffstot. On the Possibility That Athanagild’s Name Appears in the Visigoths’ Coinage: Evidence from a Late “Victory with Palm and Wreath” Coin and Tomasini’s Corpus
Oliver D. Hoover. A Note on the Liberty Reverse Type of the Connecticut Coppers (1785–1788)
Sebastian Heath, Andrew Meadows, and Peter van Alfen. Acquisitions for 2006 in the American Numismatic Society Collection

American Journal of Numismatics 23

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Hardback, illus.,284 pp., 45 plates
ISSN 1053-8356
ISBN 10:0-89722-320-9
ISBN 13:978-0-89722-320-1.

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Andrew R. Meadows, Editor
Oliver D. Hoover, Managing Editor

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Christophe Flament. A Note on the Laurium Stratigraphy and the Early Coins of Athens: The Work of D. Morin and A. Photiades and its Impact on the Study of Athenian Coinage
Emanuel Petac. From the Types of Alexander to Lysimachus: The Chronology of Some Mesembrian and Other West Pontic Staters
Arthur Houghton. New Light on Coin Production under Seleucus II in Northern Syria, Commagene, and Mesopotamia
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François de Callataÿ. More Than It Would Seem: The Use of Coinage by the Romans in Late Hellenistic Asia Minor (133–63 BC)
Gilles Bransbourg. Fides et Pecunia Numerata. Chartalism and Metallism in the Roman World. Part 1: The Republic
Bernhard Woytek. Die Cutters At Work: New Light on the Coinage Struck for the Syrian Koinon
Martin Beckmann. Trajan’s Gold Coinage Dated COS V, AD 103–111
Michael Fedorov. Early Medieval Chachian Coins with Lyre and Ram Horns Tamghas
Immaculada Socias Batet. The Power of Images in Antonio Augustín’s Diálo-gos de Medallas inscriciones y otras antiguidades (1587)
Robert W. Hoge. Seventeenth-Century American Coins in the Hunterian Museum
Robert L. Fagaly. Pricing Relationships of United States Type Coinage

Book Reviews

American Journal of Numismatics 24

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Hardback, illus.,204 pp., 38 plates
ISSN 1053-8356
ISBN 10:0-89722-324-1
ISBN 13:978-0-89722-324-9.

Price: $75.00

Andrew R. Meadows, Editor
Oliver D. Hoover, Managing Editor

Contents:

Alain G. Elayi, Maryse Blet-Lemarquand, and Josette Elayi. Fluctuations in the Composition of the Silver Coinage of Byblos (Fifth–Fourth Century BC)
Selene Psoma. Obols, Drachms, and Staters of Bronze during the Hellenistic Period
Catharine C. Lorber. An Egyptian Interpretation of Alexander’s Elephant Headdress
Catharine C. Lorber. Dating the Portrait Coinage of Ptolemy I
Yoav Farhi and Catharine Lorber. A Note on Two Ptolemaic Bronze Coins from Israel
Aurel VÎlcu and Emanuel Petac. The Second Syrian War and Gold Staters of Alexander Type struck at Istros
Thomas Landvatter. The Serapis and Isis Coinage of Ptolemy IV
Georges Abou Diwan. Le monnayage civique non datée de Sidon: Opportunisme civique et pragmastisme royal (169/8–111/0 av. J.-C.)
Khaled Kiwan. Cinq trésors romains de Syrie
B. E. Woytek, M. Rodrigues, F. Cappa, M. Schreiner, M. Radtke, and U. Reinholz. Imitations of Roman Republican
Denarii: New Metallurgical Data
Michael N. Fedorov, Ralph A. Cannito, and Andrew V. Kuznetsov. Some Rare Early Qarākhānid Coins and Early Qarākhānid Appanage Rulers
Book Reviews

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edited by William E. Metcalf

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ISBN-13: 978-0-89722-238-9
ISBN-10: 0-89722-238-5
Price: US$15.00 (no Member discount)

This volume is a record of the Coinage of the Americas Conference (COAC) held in 1989.

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A Study of Classic Half Eagles 1834–1838 (John W. McCloskey)

U.S. Gold Bullion Coins: A Nineteenth-Century Proposal (Cory Gillilland)

Metallic Panaceas: Gold Bugs, Silver Crusaders and the Wizard of Oz (Walter H. Breen)

In Search of the Imperfect Coin: A Cautionary Tale (Charles R. Hoskins)

“An onerous and delicate task”: Franklin Peale’s Mission South 1837 (Richard G. Doty)

Collecting United States Gold Coins: A Numismatic History (Q. David Bowers)

The Politics of Coinage as Illustrated by Recent Commemorative Issues

Reflections on the Gold Coinage of the Twentieth Century

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Illegal Tender: Gold, Greed, and the Mystery of the Lost 1933 Double Eagle

illegalby David Tripp (Free Press, 2004)

Hardcover, 363 pp.
ISBN-13: 978-0-7432-4574-6
ISBN-10: 0-7432-4574-1
Price: $32.00 (no member discount)

This volume traces the story of a 1933 twenty-dollar gold piece, from its commission by Theodore Roosevelt through its possession by numerous kings, presidents, government agents, shadowy dealers, and criminals.