Diva Faustina: Coinage and Cult in Rome and the Provinces

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(Numismatic Studies 26, 2012)

by Martin Beckmann

ISBN 978-0-89722-322-5
ISSN 051-7404-X
184 pp., 36 pls., 18 die-charts
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US$24.98 (no Member discount)

The coinage struck posthumously in the name of Faustina the Elder, wife of the Roman emperor Antoninus Pius, was the largest such issue ever produced by the mint of Rome. Until now it has been impossible to date these coins with any accuracy, and thus difficult to determine their place in imperial ideology. This study definitively resolves the chronological difficulties of these undated issues by means of die study of Diva Faustina’s gold and bronze coinage. This new understanding of the coinage then forms the basis for a study of the iconographic commemoration of Faustina in all media throughout the empire. It sheds significant new light on the changing nature of the cult of Faustina during (and perhaps after) the lifetime of her husband Antoninus Pius, on the nature and mechanisms of family commemoration in the Antonine period in general, on the cult of the divi divaeque, and especially on the role of imperial women, living and dead, in the presentation of the public image of the emperor both in Rome and in the provinces. The volume contains illustrated catalogues of the sestertii and aurei in the name of Diva Faustina, including forgeries and a statistical analysis, co-authored with Warren Esty.

Contents:

Materials and Method
DEDICATIO AEDIS—The Temple of Divine Faustina
VOTA PVBLICA—The Marriage of Faustina’s Daughter
AETERNITAS—The Anniversary of Faustina’s Deification
Faustina’s Coinage in Context
Appendix. Coin Production and Mint Practice (with Warren Esty)
Bibliography
Catalogue of Aurei
Catalogue of Sestertii

Martin Beckmann is assistant professor in the Department of Classics at McMaster University and author of The Column of Marcus Aurelius: The Genesis and Meaning of a Roman Imperial Monument.

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The Island Standard: The Classical, Hellenistic, and Roman Coinages of Paros

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(Numismatic Studies 28, 2013)

by John A. N. Z. Tully

Price: US$29.98 (no Member discount)
ISSN 0517-404-x
ISBN 978-0-89722-329-4
Hardcover, 250 pp., 27 pls.

This book is the first comprehensive study of the monetary history of one of the major coin-producing states of the Hellenistic and Roman Aegean. It analyzes the Classical, Hellenistic, and Roman coinages of the Cycladic island of Paros. It presents a die study of all known silver and bronze issues, and argues that Paros and its neighbor Naxos minted in the Hellenistic Period not on the Rhodian standard as has sometimes been thought, but on their own distinct standard: the “island standard”. All coin types are fully described, and die varieties are illustrated in 27 plates.

Contents:

Introduction
Ascription, Types, and Iconography
Overview, Metrology, and Quantification
Archaeological and Hoard Evidence
Paros, Naxos and the Numismatic Context
Catalogue
Commentary
Appendix 1. Non-Parian Issues
Appendix 2. Ancient Imitative Coinage
Appendix 3. Modern Parian Forgeries
Appendix 4. Weight and Frequency Distribution
Appendix 5. Naxian and Parian Comparanda
Bibliography

John Tully read Greats at Magdalen College, Oxford before moving to Harvard, then Princeton, where he finished his PhD dissertation on “Networks, Hegemony, and Multipolarity in the Hellenistic Cyclades” in 2012. In 2010, he took the Eric P. Newman Graduate Seminar in Numismatics at the ANS in New York; this book is a direct result of the project he started there. He is currently a consultant in New York.

“Tully’s work is an outstanding example of numismatic scholarship and erudition, which substantially advances the ongoing discussion of how to interpret the Cyclades within the Greek world. In particular, his handsomely produced book now becomes the definitive starting-point for all future examinations of Parian coinages.”
–Corey J. Ellithorpe, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Read the 2015 BMCR review: http://www.bmcreview.org/2015/06/20150627.html

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Roman Provincial Coinage, Supplement 3

Roman Provincial Coinage, Supplement 3

PDF, 103 pp.
ISBN-13: 978-0-89722-333-1
List price: free

by Michel Amandry, Andrew Burnett, Ian Carradice, Pere Pau Ripollès, Marguerite Spoerri Butcher

The aim of the Roman Provincial Coinage (RPC) series is to produce a standard typology of the provincial coinage of the Roman Empire from its beginning in 44 BC to its end in AD 296/7. The publication of RPC vol. 1 (44 BC–AD 69) in 1992 marked the start of this international initiative, which will comprise ten volumes in all. RPC is under the general editorship of Andrew Burnett and Michel Amandry formerly of the British Museum and the Bibliothèque nationale de France respectively.

The first Supplement to RPC was published in 1998 and covered much new material that had appeared for the Julio-Claudian period between the date of the first publication of RPC I in 1992 and 1997. The second reprinting—in 2006—of RPC I was the occasion to publish also a second Supplement to RPC. This new Supplement, Supplement 3, includes new material from 2005 to 2013, and covers the Julio-Claudian period (RPC I), the Flavian period (RPC II) as well as the coinages of Gordian I to Gordian III struck in the province of Asia (RPC VII, 1).

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Essays in Honour of Roberto Russo

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(Numismatica Ars Classica NAC AG 2013)

edited by Peter G. van Alfen and Richard B. Witschonke

Hardcover, 426 pp.
Black and White illustrations throughout
ISBN: 978-88-7794-837-3
Price: US$100.00 (no member discount)

This volume is a Festschrift in honor of Roberto Russo. This volume includes important articles and research on Greek and Roman Republican numismatics written by some of today’s most important numismatists and scholars including: Keith Rutter, Christof Boehringer, Alberto Campana, Giovanni Santelli, John Morcom, Haim Gitler, David Vagi, Andrew Burnett, Andrew McCabe, Richard Schaefer, Andrea Pancotti, Roberto Russo, T. V. Buttrey, Richard Witschonke, Clive Stannard, Bernhard E. Woytek, Michel Amandry, Frank L. Kovacs, and Lucia Travaini.

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La Colección Cervera, Moneda Antiqua de Hispania

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by Ma Paz García-Bellido y William Metcalf, con la participatión de Gloira Mora y la colaboración de Encarnación González

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas and
Ediciones Polifemo, Madrid (2014)

Softcover, 468 pp.
(Spanish)
Black & white illustrations throughout
ISBN: 978-88-7794-835-9

Non-member price: US$90.00 plus shipping and handling
Member price: US$60.00 plus shipping and handling
Dealer price: US$60.00 contact the ANS Membership Office for details

The provenance of individual coins can sometimes be traced back to great collections of earlier centuries, but it is very rare that the entire contents of a coin collection from the nineteenth century are fully documented. It is fortunate for the numismatic community that one such instance is the outstanding collection formed by the Spanish ophthalmologist Rafael Cervera y Royo (1828–1903). In 1902, shortly before his death, Cervera sold his collection in its entirety to the great American Hispanophile Archer M. Huntington, along with a manuscript inventory listing the entire collection. That inventory, now at the American Numismatic Society in New York, together with the rubbings of Cervera’s collection made by Antonio Vives Escudero for his research on ancient Spanish coins, now at the Instituto Valencia de Don Juan in Spain, allowed María Paz García-Bellido and William E. Metcalf to identify the ancient coins from Cervera’s collection and match them with the photographs of Archer Huntington’s collection.

This book catalogues the 1,576 Iberian, Celtiberian, Greek, Hispano-Punic, and Roman Provincial coins from the Cervera collection, with every coin photographed and fully described. After the unfortunate dispersal of Archer Huntington’s collection in a series of sales since 2011, this book stands as the surviving monument to Cervera’s collection and the best resource for tracing its coins into the future. It is not only an astonishing time capsule of one of the great collections of nineteenth-century Spain; the importance of this collection for researchers working on early Hispanic coinage, from Vives to the present, makes this book an essential resource for any numismatist with an interest in ancient Spain.

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