(Numismatic Studies 25, 2010)
by Martin Huth and Peter G. van Alfen
602 pp., 42 pls.
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.
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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