The Nablus 1968 Hoard

GitlerCoverA Study of Monetary Circulation in the Late Fourth and Early Third Centuries BCE Southern Levant

(Numismatic Notes and Monographs 171)

by Haim Gitler and Oren Tal
with contributions by
Arnold Spaer, Sylvia Hurter, Dana Ashkenazi, and Adin Stern

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ISBN 978-0-89722-360-7 Hardcover, 256 pages, incl. 32 b/w figures and 42 b/w plates

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The Nablus 1968 Hoard is the largest late Persian/early Hellenistic period coin and jewelry hoard recorded from the southern Levant and the largest known hoarded assemblage of Samarian coins. This study provides a detailed catalogue of all the coins and pieces of jewelry the authors managed to record. In addition, the authors discuss the hoard and its context, its burial date, a synopsis of the history and archaeology of the Persian period province of Samaria, a discussion on the hoard’s Phoenician, Samarian, Athenian-styled, Philistian, and Yehud coins, Athenian tetradrachms and the few overseas Greek and Cypriot issues belonging to the hoard. The commentary chapter is followed by detailed archaeometallurgical studies on selected Samarian and Athenian-style coins and selected pieces of jewelry. There are also two appendixes, one presenting a method for determining dies links and the second offering a glossary of relevant terms. The hoard’s composition reflects the monetary circulation of the late fourth and early third centuries BCE southern Levant.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Haim Gitler, born in Mexico City in 1962, received his Ph.D. in numismatics from Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun in 2011. He has worked in the Israel Museum (since 1987), where he is currently the Tamar and Teddy Kollek Chief Curator of Archaeology (since 2013), as well as Curator of Numismatics (since 1994). Gitler taught numismatics at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem (1996–1998) and Tel Aviv University (2010–2014). He is the President of the Israel Numismatic Society and founder of the journal Israel Numismatic Research in 2006. His research interests focus mainly on Palestinian issues and mints of the Persian, Hellenistic and Roman periods, as well as on their metal composition and quantification.

Oren Tal, born in Tel Aviv in 1968, received his Ph.D. in archaeology from Tel Aviv University in 2002. He has worked in Tel Aviv University (since 2007) where he is currently full professor (since 2013) researching and teaching classical and medieval Near Eastern archaeology in the Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures. Tal is the current Director of the Apollonia-Arsuf Excavation Project (since 2007) and co-director of the Tell Iẓṭabba (Scythopolis) Excavation Project (since 2019). His research interests concern the material culture of the classical- and medieval-period Near East and its social, political, and economic implications, from the mid-first millennium BCE to the early second millennium CE.

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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

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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