Coinage of the Caravan Kingdoms: Studies in the Monetization of Ancient Arabia

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(Numismatic Studies 25, 2010)

by Martin Huth and Peter G. van Alfen

Hardback
ISBN-13: 978-0-89722-312-6
602 pp., 42 pls.

Price: US$74.98

This volume represents the first comprehensive look at ancient Arabian coinage in toto since George Hill’s 1922 British Museum catalogue. In addition to a catalogue and updated typologies of Philistian, Nabataean, Minaen, Qatabanian, Sabaean, Himyarite, and Gerrhean coinages, among others, and die studies of the owl and Alexander imitations, this volume features essays written by numismatists, archaeologists, and epigraphists that situate the coins within their political, social, and economic contexts. As these studies demonstrate, the beginnings of coinage in Arabia followed two very distinct traditions, the first along a line running roughly from Gaza on the Mediterranean coast to the Hadhramawt on the Arabian Sea, the other in eastern Arabia, running along the Persian Gulf coast from the mouth of the Euphrates to the Oman peninsula.

Contents:

The Arabian Peninsula, 600 BCE to 600 CE (D. T. Potts)

The Circulation of Forieng Coins within Arabia and of Arabian Coins outside the Peninsula in the Pre-Islamic Era (D. T. Potts)

Monetary Circulation in South West Aravia between the Fourth and Second Centuries BCE: The al-Jawf Hoards of 2001 and 2002 (Martin Huth)

Gods and Kings: On the Imagery of Arabian Coinage (Martin Huth)

The Gold Coins (Martin Huth)

Notes on the Coinages of the Philistian Cities (Wolfgang Fischer-Bossert)

Important Additions to the Corpus of Nabataean Coins since 1990 (Oliver Hoover and Rachel Barkay)

Some Nabataean Questions Reconsidered (Martin Huth)

Athenian Imitations from Arabia (Martin Huth)

Die Studies of the Earliest Qatabanian and Sabaean Coinages (Peter G. van Alfen)

The Monetary Terminology of Ancient South Arabia in Light of New Epigraphic Evidence (Peter Stein)

The So-Called Cursive Legend Reconsidered (Martin Huth and Peter Stein)

Himyarite Kings on Coinage (Christian Robin)

A New Chronology for the Arabian Alexanders (Olivier Callot)

The “Abiel” Coins of Eastern Arabia: A Study of the Aramaic Legends (Michael C. A. MacDonald)

A Die Study of the “Abiel” Coinage of Eastern Arabia (Peter G. van Alfen)

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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

List price: US$190
Member price: US$133
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