Monuments in Miniature: Architecture on Roman Coinage


(Numismatic Studies Volume 29, 2015)

by Nathan T. Elkins
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ISSN 0517-404-x
ISBN 978-0-89722-344-7
Hardcover, 240 pp.

The representation of monuments and buildings on Roman coinage is one of the most popular topics in studies of coin iconography. In addition to numismatists, it attracts the attention of historians, art historians, archaeologists, and topographers. Although the subject of numerous books and articles, architectural representations have been appreciated primarily for the evidence they might yield for a monument’s appearance or existence. This approach is limited as the methodologies applied are often narrow or inconsistent and often betray modern biases. Instead of using images on coins as evidence for reconstruction, this book contextualizes monumental representations on the coinage within their broader historical, social, and political contexts, by addressing how and why images evolved through time and by investigating why architectural representation emerged on and disappeared from the coinage. In so doing, this book also treats all incidences of architectural representation on the Republican and Imperial coinages in order to provide the first comprehensive treatment of architecture on the state-sanctioned coinage. This book is, therefore, a resource to a broad range of specialists interested in the phenomenon of architectural representation and its significance in the Roman world.


Introduction: A New Look at Architectural Representations on Roman Coinage
Chapter 1. The Emergence of Architectural Designs on the Coinage of the Roman Republic
Chapter 2. Architectural Coin Types in the Early Roman Empire (Augustus through Severus Alexander)
Chapter 3. Late Roman Architectural Coin Types (The “Soldier Emperors” through Valentinian III)
Chapter 4. Architectural Coin Types from the Roman Provinces: Characteristics, Derivation, and Influence
Conclusions: Architectural Coin Types as a Reflection of Roman Society
Appendix 1. Roman Architectural Coin Types (135 bc–Severus Alexander)
Appendix 2. Architectural Coin Types of the “Soldier Emperors”
Appendix 3. Architectural Coin Types of the Tetrarchy and its Collapse to c. AD 313
Appendix 4. Architectural Coin Types from Constantine and Licinius to Valentinian III

Nathan Elkins earned his BA in archaeology and Classical studies at the University of Evansville before earning his MA in the City of Rome at the University of Reading (UK) and PhD in Greek and Roman Art and Archaeology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. This book resulted from his 2004 attendance at the Eric P. Newman Graduate Seminar in Numismatics at the ANS. Elkins is currently an assistant professor of art history at Baylor University.

FIDES: Contributions to Numismatics in Honor of Richard B. Witschonke

RBWFIDES: Contributions to Numismatics in Honor of Richard B. Witschonke

edited by Peter G. van Alfen, Gilles Bransbourg, and Michel Amandry (2015)

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This Festschrift honors Richard “Rick” B. Witschonke, and will be available for shipping in September 2015. This volume is limited to 150 hand-numbered copies, and will not be reprinted. It contains 20 articles of new scholarship on the ancient coinage of the Roman world and greater italic peninsula and islands. RBW’s volume is 520 pages with illustrations throughout, bound in Roman imperial purple linen, and stamped in gold with the image of an as depicting an eagle above the word “ROMA”.

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A Bibliography of Richard B. Witschonke

Katerini Liampi. A Hoard from Thessaly Containing Aeginetan Staters and Thessalian Issues of the Taurokathapsia Type

Andrew Burnett and Maria Cristina Molinari. The Capitoline Hoard and the Circulation of Silver Coins in Central and Northern Italy in the Third Century BC

Peter van Alfen. A Late Third Century BC Hoard of Sardo-Punic Bronzes (IGCH 2290)

Gilles Bransbourg. Currency Debasement and Public Debt Management at the Time of the Second Punic War

David Vagi. Alliance and Coinage: South Italy during the Second Punic War

Andrew McCabe. A Hoard of Cut Roman Republican Denarii from the Second Punic War

François de Callataÿ. The Late Hellenistic Didrachms of Leukas: Another Case of Greek Coinage for the Roman Army

Andrew R. Meadows. Four Cistophoric Hoards?

William E. Metcalf. The Cistophori of Nysa

Nathan T. Elkins. “A City of Brick”: Architectural Designs on Roman Republican Coins and Second-Style Wall Painting

Liv Mariah Yarrow. Ulysses’s Return and Portrayals of Fides on Republican Coins

Clive Stannard. The Labors of Hercules on Central Italian Coins and Tesserae of the First Century BC

Michael H. Crawford. Sextus Pompeius between Hispania and Germania

Philip Davis. Erato or Terpsichore: A Reassement

Bernhard E. Woytek. The Aureus of Pompey the Great Revisited

David Hendin. Judaea and Rome: The Early Numismatic Commentary, First Century BCE

Patrick Villemur. De Quelques Émissions Coloniales Romaines en Sicile: Retour à Tyndaris

Sophia Kremydi and Athena Iakovidou. Corinth and Athens: Numismatic Circulation from the Late Republic to the High Empire

Jane DeRose Evans. The Third Neokorate of Sardis in Light of a New Coin Type Found in Sardis

Michel Amandry. Le Monnayage de la Res Publica Coloniae Philippensium: Nouvelles Données

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American Journal of Numismatics 9


Paperback, 159 pp., 7 pls.
ISBN-13: 978-0-89722-267-9
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  • Arthur Houghton. Some Seleucid Test Pieces
  • L. A. Saryan. An Unpublished Silver Drachm Attributed to Artaxias III (A.D. 18–34) of Armenia
  • Kevin Butcher and Matthew Ponting. A Study of the Chemical Composition of Roman Silver Coinage, A.D. 196–97
  • Gerald M. Browne. The Elephant-Rider Dinaras of Kumaragupta I
  • Touraj Daryaee. The Use of Religio-Political Propaganda on the Coinage of Xusro II
  • Elizabeth M. Nuxoll. A Generation of Numismatic Cooperation: Findings on the Notes and Coins of the Confederation through the Papers of Robert Morris
  • T. V. Buttrey. False Western American Gold Bars
  • S. E. Buttrey and T. V. Buttrey. Calculating Ancient Coin Production, Again. Reviewing de Callatay, Depeyrot, and Villaronga, L’Argent monnaye d’Alexandre le grand a Augusle, and de Callatay, “Calculating Ancient Coin Production; Seeking a Balance
  • Book Reviews

American Journal of Numismatics 15


Hardcover, 156 pp., 11 pls.
ISBN-13: 978-0-89722-292-1
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Antigoni Zournatzi. The Apadana Coin Hoards, Darius I, and the West
Oliver D. Hoover. The Seleucid Coinage of John Hyrcanus I: the Transformation of a Dynastic Symbol in Hellenistic Judaea
F. S. Naiden. Supplication on Roman Coins
Gabriela Bijovsky. The Myth of Daphne on a Coin Minted at Damascus
Walter C. Holt. The Evidence of the Coinage of Poemenius’ Revolt at Trier
Stuart D. Sears. Before Caliphal Coins: Transitional Drahms of the Umayyad North
Joel J. Orosz and Carl R. Herkowitz. George Washington and America’s Small Beginning” in Coinage: the Fabled 1792 Half Dismes

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American Journal of Numismatics 18


Hardcover, 202 pp., 50 pls.
ISBN-13: 978-0-89722-301-0
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Haim Gitler and Catherine C. Lorber. A New Chronology for the Ptolemaic Coins of Judah
Oliver D. Hoover. A Second Look at the Aradian Bronze Coinage Attributed to Seleucus I (SC 72–73)
James H. Schwartz. Engraved Gems in the Collection of the American Numismatic Society IV: Ancient Magical Amulets, an Addendum
Sebastian Heath. A Box Mirror Made from Two Antinous Medallions of Smyrna
Kenneth W. Harl. A Hoard of Roman Antoniniani from the Bath at Metropolis, Ionia
Yuri Pyatnitsky. New Evidence for Byzantine Activity in the Caucasus During the Reign of the Emperor Anastasius I
Michael Federov. First Reported Find of an Early Medieval Khwarezmian Drachm in the Kyrgyz Republic
Stuart D. Sears and Hodge Mehdi Malik. Claiming Absolute Authority: The Drahms of ʿAbd Allāh b. ʿĀmir al-Mujāshiʿī of Sijistān
Richard G. Doty. Lessons from Abundance: The Case of Mexico
Peter G. van Alfen, Sebastian Heath, and Robert W. Hoge. Acquisitions for 2005 in the American Numismatic Society Collection

American Journal of Numismatics 22


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Katerina Liampi and Katerina Peristeri. Excavation coins from the Sanctuary of Dionysus in Kali Vrysi, Prefecture of Drama

E. R. Heintges. Babylonian (?) Alexander Hoard, 1996

Richard P. Miller and Oliver D. Hoover. The Sardes Mint under Seleucis I Nicator

Thomas Faucher and Catherine Lorber. Bronze Coinage of Ptolemaic Egypt in the Second Century BC

David L. Vagi. Tiberius Claudius Drusus (AD 20), Son of Claudius and Urgulanilla

Walter Scheidel. Coin Quality, Coin Quantity, and Coin Value in Early China and the Roman World

Joseph Daragan. “Old Coppers Driven out of Office.” Demonetizing non-Federal Coppers

Robert W. Hoge. Acquisitions for 2006, 2007, and 2008 in the American Numismatic Society Collection

American Journal of Numismatics 23


Hardback, illus.,284 pp., 45 plates
ISSN 1053-8356
ISBN 10:0-89722-320-9
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Andrew R. Meadows, Editor
Oliver D. Hoover, Managing Editor


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
David Hendin and Nathan Bower. Irregular Coins of Judaea, First Century BCE–First Century CE: New Insights from Comparisons of Stylistic, Physical, and Chemical Analyses
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


Hardback, illus.,204 pp., 38 plates
ISSN 1053-8356
ISBN 10:0-89722-324-1
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Oliver D. Hoover, Managing Editor


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

American Journal of Numismatics 25


Hardback, illus.,356 pp., 51 plates
ISSN 1053-8356
ISBN 13:978-0-89722-330-0.

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


Jonathan Kagan. Epidamnus, Anactorium, and Potidaea: Corinthian-style Pegasi at the Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War
Metodi Manov and Vasil Damyanov. The First Mint of Cavarus, the Last King of the Celtic Kingdom in Thrace
Noah Kaye. The Silver Tetradrachms of Prousias II of Bithynia
Daniel Wolf. A Metrological Survey of Ptolemaic Bronze Coins
Evgeni I. Paunov. A Roman Countermark on a Bronze Coin of Rhoemetalces I, King of Thrace
Catharine C. Lorber. The Iconographic Program of the Year 3 Coinage of Herod the Great
D. Alex Walthall. A Hoard Containing Late Republican Denarii from Morgantina (Sicily)
Gilles Bransbourg. Fides et Pecunia Numerata, Part II: The Currencies of the Roman Republic
David Woods. Carisius, Acisculus, and the Riddle of the Sphinx
Daniel Hoyer. Calculating the Use-Wear Rates of Roman Coins Using Regression Analysis: A Case Study of Bronze Sestertii from Imperial Gaul
Nathan T. Elkins. A Note on Late Roman Art: The Provincial Origins of Camp Gate and Baldachin Iconography on the Late Imperial Coinage
Matthew Knox Averett. The Annual Medals of Pope Urban VIII Barberini
Allison Caplan. “Cada uno en su bolsa llevar lo que cien indios no llevarían”: Mexica Resistance and the Shape of Currency in New Spain, 1542–1552

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Wheaton College Collection of Greek and Roman Coins


(Ancient Coins in North American Collections 3, 1981)

by J. David Bishop and R. Ross Holloway

Hardcover, 32 pp., 32 pls.
ISBN-13: 978-0-89722-190-0
ISBN-10: 0-89722-190-7
Price: US$4.98 (no member discount)

This volume is a catalogue of the entire Wheaton College collection of Greek and Roman coins as of 1981. The text deals solely with the basic numismatic data and plates of the collection, are also included.

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