The Silver Coins of Massachusetts

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by Christopher J. Salmon (2010)

Hardcover, full color
ISBN-13: 978-0-89722-316-0
ISBN-10: 0-89722-316
Price: US$24.98 plus shipping and handling (no Member discount)

The silver coins of Massachusetts hold a special place in early American numismatics. They were the first coins struck in British North America, a mere generation after the establishment of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Because of their historical importance and charming style, they have prompted rich inquiry among scholars and an intense interest and desire among collectors.

The Silver Coins of Massachusetts is a splendidly illustrated review of these coins, employing the latest historical and numismatic evidence as well as novel scientific analysis. Minting technique is explored in detail. All varieties of the coinage are newly classified with a consistent yet flexible taxonomic system that lists the varieties in chronological order and can readily accommodate potential future discoveries. The system allows an appreciation for how varieties evolved and the relative degree of change that occurred at each step. It is designed to be as simple as possible without oversimplifying, with all varieties named according to their obverse and reverse dies. The book includes a fully illustrated atlas that details important characteristic features. The last part of the atlas displays each variety at actual size to aid in attribution.

Contents:

Part One: Classification
A Revised Taxonomy of the Massachusetts Silver Coinage with Concordance to Noe and Crosby
Advantages of the Original Crosby Classification
Intermediate Types with Interpolative Designations: Problems with the Noe Classification
Advantages of the New System: The Crosby Model
Subseries Numbered Separately
Chronology and Method of Attribution
New England and Willow Tree Series
Oak Tree Series
The Spiny Tree Coins and the Evidence of the Overstrikes
The Large Planchet Pine Tree Shillings
The Small Planchet Pine Tree Shillings
The Pine Tree Sixpence Varieties
Counterfeits and Questionable Varieties
Die Links of the Small Planchet Pine Tree Shillings
Concordance Tables
Part Two: Minting Technique
The Problem of the Willow Tree Coins
Comparison of Minting Techniques of the Massachusetts Silver Coinage: Hand Hammering and the Rocker Press
Rocker Press Phenomena
Acquired Damage from Flattening
The Inner Circle Index: A Measure of Distortion and Evidence of Rocker Press Manufacture
Inner Circle Indices for Willow, Oak and Pine Tree Shillings
Characteristics of the Willow Tree Coinage: Weak and Discordant Multiple Strikes
A Graphical Method of Determining Strike Multiplicity and Die Rotation and Translation Between Strikes
New Composite Reconstructions of the Willow Tree Shilling Dies
Apparent Die Axis of the Willow Tree Coinage
Multiple Strikes of Similar Energy: The Effects of Die Angulation
A Physical Explanation for the Weak Strikes of the Willow Tree Coinage
The Acquisition of a Coining Press
Fabric of the Willow Tree Coinage
Quality of Execution of the Willow Tree Coinage Dies: Mannerist Style
Conclusion
Part Three: Atlas
Bibliography

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The Norman Davis Collection

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(Ancient Coins in North American Collections 1, 1969)

by Hyla A. Troxell

Softcover, 53 pp., 28 pls. Catalogue.

Price: US$4.98 (no Member discount)

Assembled over the course of 20 years, the Norman Davis Collection comprises examples of the major coinages of the Greek world. It is noteworthy not only for the consistently high standard of style and condition, but also for special series and individual rarities. Th Seleucid and Indo-Greek sequences are particularly impressive and any museum would be proud to possess unique specimens like the state of Melos, the tetradrachm of Heliocles of Bactria, and the tetradrachm of Ptolemy IV.

The publication conforms to the general format of the Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum fascicules in placing emphasis on the reproduction of the coins and limiting the text to basic numismatic data. References and dates are given only when there has been a thorough mint study of a particular coinage. All weights are in grams and all coins are silver unless otherwise indicated.

Silver Coinage with the Types of Aesillas the Quaestor

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(Numismatic Studies 22, 2000)

by Robert A. Bauslaugh

Hardcover, 119 pp., 15 pls.
ISBN-13: 978-0-89722-269-3
ISBN-10: 0-89722-269-5
Price: US$7.98 (no Member discount)

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Contents:

Introduction
CATALOGUE
Group I, 01-06, obv. no theta (except 05B, 06C-D), rev. with/without A
Commentary
Group II, 07-013, obv. theta, rev. with/without A and pellets
Commentary
Group III, 014-015, obv. B- and 8, rev. with/without B, no pellets
Commentary
Group IV, 016-019, obv. theta with SI, rev. AESILLAS and SVVRA LEG PR0 Q, no pellets, except R93
Commentary
Group V, 020-031, obv. theta, rev. with/without pellets
Commentary
Group VI, 032-083, obv. theta, rev. no pellets
Commentary
Group VII, 084-087, obv. CAE PR added, with/without theta, rev. no pellets
Commentary
Group VIII, 088-0102, obv. theta, rev. combinations of pellets
Commentary
Drachms, Dr. 1 – Dr. 7
Ancient Imitations and Forgeries, Im. 1 – Im. 7, Dr. Im. 1
METROLOGY AND PRODUCTION CONTROLS
Weights
Flans
Die Axes
Striking Patterns
Possible Control Systems
Summary
Overstrikes
Hoards and Circulation
Conclusion

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