Money Talks: Coinages in the Persian Empire

Coinages in the Persian Empire

Money Talks:
Coinages in the Persian Empire

Dr. Ute Wartenberg & Dr. Peter van Alfen

Saturday, February 29, 2020
1:00–4:00 p.m.

$30 for members
$50 for non-members

Until a few decades ago, the Achaemenid (Persian) Empire (ca. 550–330 BC) was primarily known through Greek writers such as Herodotus. Gold and silver coins, known as darics and sigloi, were minted under various kings, and satraps, governors of provinces, were known to have minted coins as well. Archaeological research and publications of a wide variety of Achaemenid sources have dramatically enhanced the picture of both the Empire and its coinage in recent years.  Peter van Alfen and Ute Wartenberg offer a discussion of some of this new research, which considers the historical and administrative aspects of the coins, while also examining the iconography and portraiture.

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Money Talks: Numismatic Conversations is supported by an ANS endowment fund generously given in honor of Mr. Vladimir Clain-Stefanelli and Mrs. Elvira Clain-Stefanelli.