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The Coins That Aren't There
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The Coins That Aren't There
By David Yoon

Bronze As of Augustus, Nemausus, AD 10–14. ANS 1953.171.1600. 

It has long been said that absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. This is an essential principle in archaeology, where the formation of evidence is usually very complex and poorly understood. Various alternative possible explanations are always conceivable for the patterns observed. Nevertheless, when enough evidence is accumulated, the absences and deficiencies become more informative. With durable archaeological materials such as coins, rather than just looking for patterns in what is there, it can be as useful to look for the patterns in what is not there.

Let us consider the…

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New Years and Old Years
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New Years and Old Years
By David Yoon

This essay is being written on December 31, 2021, to be posted on January 4, 2022. It seems like a…

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The Ottoman Kuruş and Control of Coinage
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The Ottoman Kuruş and Control of Coinage
By David Yoon

by Ellen Nye and David Yoon

In August 2018, as Turkey faced a currency crisis, its president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called…

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Coins with Two-Sided Legends
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Coins with Two-Sided Legends
By David Yoon

In principle, the two sides of a coin are coequal. However, descriptions of coins inevitably place one side before the…

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The Denier Tournois
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The Denier Tournois
By David Yoon

One manifestation of the centralization of states is the standardization of measures, and no system of measurement is of more…

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Coins and Linguistics
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Coins and Linguistics
By The American Numismatic Society

It is well known that numismatics is closely connected with history, archaeology, art history, and economics. However, coins can be…

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Pick a Number, Any Number
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Pick a Number, Any Number
By The American Numismatic Society

Think of the many French kings named Louis, the…

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The Secret Chord: Harps and Lyres on Ancient and Modern...
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The Secret Chord: Harps and Lyres on Ancient and Modern Coins
By The American Numismatic Society

Last month, on November 7, 2016, the internationally acclaimed Canadian artist Leonard Cohen died of cancer. He was regarded as…

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