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17 Feb 2022

More on the Rosen collection

Ancient Coins | mrbrklyn

It seems that the Rosen Collection which was mentioned as a gift to the Israel Museum had made much of world tour prior to being gifted, with exhibitions at the Brooklyn museum, and the Gettyin Los Angeles, and possibly in Cambridgehttps://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-hellenic-studies/article/abs/rosen-collection-early-greek-coins-from-the-collection-of-jonathan-p-rosen-by-n-m-waggoner-ancient-coins-in-north-american-collections-5-new-york-american-numismatic-society-1983-pp-iv-55-28-plates-3500/EFDF15452BF3A9902E3262AC6C4A79ABhttps://www.vcoins.com/en/stores/ancient_numismatic_enterprise/9/product/early_greek_coins_from_the_collection_of_jonathan_p_rosen_by_nancy_waggoner_ex_bruce_r_brace_library/439237/Default.aspxhttps://www.amazon.com/Archaic-coins-exhibition-collection-Jonathan/dp/089236064Xhttps://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/exhibitions/2600

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17 Feb 2022

Museum Collections: Israel Museum

Ancient Coins | mrbrklyn

that was gifted to the musuem by Jonathan Rosen in 2013. It constitues the largest collection of coins from ancient Israel's Persian period, which we will be soon remembering with the coming of the Purim holiday which recalls the story of Queen Esther and the Persian royal court.

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27 Jan 2022

Yo - I have no Dinero => The Hendin Scale of Money

Ancient Coins | mrbrklyn

I had a chance to acquire an signed copy of David Hendin's latest edition of Guild to BiblicalCoins 6th Edat the New York show. The text was not particularly cheap but I was happy to buy it from the vendor I enjoy supporting. Although the text is published by a rival Numismatic group, I hope I am not disturbing any primordial forces mentioning it here and doing a bit of analysis.The text itself is an substantial compendium of ancient coins, a lifetime worth of work. It is filled with detailed historical and even theological information which forms the background necessary for one to gain real appreciation of the ancient coins associated with the Hebrew Bible. Hendin's text has biographies of the despots and rulers, Jewish or not, that impact the times of this coinage. It is hard to comprehend, being that our lives are so short and our civilization is still so young, how many eras of civilization that Hendin's text covers. We start with the beginning of money itself, when the Shequal mentioned in the Torah was not even a coin, but a measure of weight. When my father Abraham brought the Cave and the fields of Machpeleh (מערת המכפלה) for 400 shequals of silver Avraham Avinu weighed the silver. It says so in the text.Recent discoveries reported in The Biblical Archaeological Society prove that weights were used during the first temple period establishing that coinage had not yet taken hold. The discovery of a two sheckel weight weighed about 23 grams was reported. This weight is consistant with other sources and artificats [1]. Weights slowly evolved into shequal coinage, but the bible, Mishna and Talmud uses a dizzying array of ancient coinage types and drops terms for money without definition all about the oral and written traditions. There is even a whole tractate in the Talmud dedicated to the Sheckel as it was used, not just as general purpose coinage, but also for the annual tax used for the funding the Temple (Beit haMikdash)itself, and for taking a necessary census of the population without counting the people themselves (which was prohibited). Within it there is discourse and disagreement as to weights and even the nature of financial transactions. Hendin dives into this material with reasonable expertise which is complimented by his unparalleled knowledge in ancient Judean coinage. As is common in a text such as this, some of the most important chapters come right at the beginning, before the specifics of endless numbers of coins. This is less true in the Guild than in many other such texts as Hendin subterfuges the entire text with important information, but it still holds that the introduction contains vital research on the methods of David Hendin's education in the field, and the basics of what these coins mean to us today and to the peoples of the epochs being discussed. The hardest part, I found, was trying to understand the relationships between different coins and I had to fill in some outside information in order to really understand what the Guide was trying to say. In some cases, though, I have to conclude that there are editing errors in the text, or perhaps noted inconsistencies in the source material which should had been better annotated. I am used to scientific and medical journals where material is deeply and mathematically analyzed before publication. Numismatics, while interesting and worthwhile, doesn't really hold up to this kind of rigor. The focus is in on coins, their histories and values. Fewer scholarly journals are produced on these subjects than auction catalogs and auction catalogs are often the primary source for information on coinage in scholarly journals. In some ways, this is similar to early paleontology, or art history, and reflects both the collectors focus within the study of Numismatics, and its historical place as a separate area of study in the humanities.

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08 Jan 2022

The intersection of the Holocaust and Numismatics History

Ancient Coins | mrbrklyn

There are a number of historically significant numismatist that either died in the Jewish genocide of Europe before and during World War II or fled from their homes. Many of them made their way through to Amsterdam and were cut off by the Nazi's. Others found their way to North America and New York. Others, too many, perished in the crematorium of the death camps in Poland that were built by the Nazi's, or shot in mass executions in the death grounds of Eastern Europe.

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01 Dec 2021

Prince of Youth Presentation Now on YouTube

Ancient Coins | mkodysz

ANA eLearning Academy - Prince of Youth: Coinage Traces the Rise and Fall of Publius Septimius Geta

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14 Aug 2021

Unknown Ancient Judea Coin

Ancient Coins | user_55494

Hello ANA! This past high school semester, I participated in a study abroad to Israel, where much of my family history is. Aside from learning about all of the ancient history that occurred there thousands of years ago, I also was so exited to find some ancient coins at the flea markets. I bought this coin for around 50 shekels (around 15-16 dollars). This seems to be an bronze or copper coin from BCE, and I am assuming it is a prutah, or a small denomination of Judean coins. I have recently been doing some research about other coins from this time when all of a sudden I remembered I have one! Since this realization, I have not been able to sleep and have been researching for days, looking through archives and reading information. Based on my research, I am almost certain it is a real coin, and not a counterfeit, and I feel that it has some potential to be identified. With one side being in better condition than the other (I'm not sure which is the rev. or obv.!), I can see some Greek lettering, and figures surrounding the entire side, signifying that it may have been created during Hellenistic Judean times (Hasmonean Dynasty). However, I still cannot identify it! I can also see some Greek lettering on the other side. Well despite still researching, I was wondering if safely cleaning the coin, and removing some dirt and corrosion, while still keeping the patina intact, maybe with water and a soft toothbrush, and / or toothpick (of course no drying off with a towel!). Well despite still researching it, I also wanted to mention that I am keeping it in a two by two cardboard flip, and hoping to maintain the coins integrity. If anyone reading this has any idea what coin this or how to identify it, please let me know! Also, if anyone has any tips and pointers on restoring it, also be sure to leave a comment! Moving on to some details I noticed on this coin, I noticed a person like figure next to the striated larger figure (could be a harp!). I also am 75% certain that there is an omega symbol on the bottom, further indicating that this coin is linked to Greek origin. One other thing I was wondering is if anyone has any information on how to take better and clearer pictures of coins, either a device, or techniques using loupes, because these lousy photos are using my phone camera. Anyways, if you have any idea or have any pointers or info, be sure to leave a comment, or you can leave me an email at ellislandauer@gmail.com. Thank you for reading if you got this far!- Ellis Landauer

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05 Apr 2021

Herod I Prutah

Ancient Coins | CoinStar08

Hello! I know I haven't blogged in a while, and I know they weren't that good before, so I am going to write one where you guys can learn something!Ok, so a few months ago, I got this coin on an auction on ebay. It is a Herod the 1st prutah which was made from 40-4 BCE. I bought this coin because I love ancient coins and it was made around the time of Jesus's birth, which I found fascinating! So I decided to do my own research to reveal all the really cool info about this coin.First off, this coin is made during the reign of Herod the Great. Herod the Great was a very well known king of Judea and was born in 72 BCE. He was famous for ordering huge building projects and constructions. He even renovated the second temple in Jerusalem. You might be thinking Herod seemed like a really nice guy, and a great king. But not everything ancient text tells that story. According to the book of Matthew in the bible it talks about how Herod ordered all babies to be killed! Though there is no proven evidence of this, it still is a terrible thing to happen.We also must learn about what a prutah even is! A prutah is a small denomination coin that was made of copper. These coins were definitely not very desirable back then, because you needed 10 of them to buy a single loaf of bread.Ok, time to talk about the coin. On the obverse of the coin, there is an anchor as well as writing. The prutah contains the letters HPW BACIΛ. Which means King Herod. On the reverse of the coin, there is a double cornucopia, with a caduceus between it. The coin is pretty off center because back them they used to use a hammer to print each coin. The would slam the hammer on the metal, and create the imprint of the coin. I have no clue how much this coin is worth, but I know I paid 7 bucks for it! Which at least, seemed like a good deal. If anybody has anymore info or knowledge of how much the coin is worth, please post a comment because I would love to learn more! Thank you soooo much for reading and I hope you learned something!

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31 Oct 2020

Julius Caesar “Assassination Coin” Sets World Record

Ancient Coins | Donn Pearlman

October 29, 2020 – A previously unrecorded example of a valuable ancient “Ides of March” gold coin commemorating the assassination of Roman dictator Julius Caesar in 44 B.C. sold for £3,240,000 ($4,188,393, €3,588,602) on October 29, 2020. Authenticators in the United States and United Kingdom who verified its authenticity predicted it would sell for millions more than a London auction house’s conservative £500,000 pre-sale estimate.

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12 Sep 2020

The Gallic Empire and its Coinage: Part 1

Ancient Coins | user_70762

In the year 260, Valerian had been captured by the Persians after the Battle of Edessa, Also during this battle, a majority of the Roman army had been killed. As a result, Gallienus, who was previously caesar under Valerian (junior emperor), was in quite the predicament. As a result, some of the eastern provinces broke away and declared Odaenathus. This was already a bad start for Gallienus, but then Pannonia had revolts as well. Gallienus and his army went to Pannonia, and during that time, Postumus revolted. Postumus was a very powerful man in the Roman Empire, and crushed the Franks. The Gallic Empire contained Gaul and the provinces of Germania, and for a time included Hispania and Britannia. The early coins of Postumus had high silver content, probably to show the stability and prosperity of the newly free provinces. In the main Roman Empire, the coins had lost a lot of their silver content, so Postumus could have used this for propaganda. However, Postomus' coins would not have a high silver content for long, by the end of his reign, they were no better than Gallienus'. In 269, Laelianus revolted against Postumus (a revolt in a revolt!). Postumus was able to defeat the usurper after besieging him, but was killed by his own men after he didn't let them loot the city. This led to Victorinus becoming Gallic Emperor, with the death of Postumus, Hispania returned to central Roman rule (now under Claudius Gothicus). Victorinus was killed 2 years into his reign after seducing his assassin's wife. This led to the reign of Tetricus, who was eventually defeated by Aurelian (the NEW emperor of the central Roman Empire). However he was not killed, and his son even became a Roman senator. His son, Tetricus II, had served as caesar (junior emperor) of Tetricus, so Rome had a guy who revolted against it as a senator, which perfectly sums up this part of Roman history. The coins struck during the reigns of Victorinus and Tetricus were very bad, with no silver in them. Also during this time, barbarous coins were made during their reign, which were even worse. These barbarous coins ranged from close to the official coins to completely illegible with designs impossible to identify. Under Aurelian, the coinage stabilized (temporarily). I have a soft spot for Gallic Empire coins because my first purchase at a coin show was a coin of Tetricus (I also didn't know anything about the coin or the Gallic Empire at the time, but as a result of it, I learned a lot). Even though it only lasted 15 years, it had a very interesting history, and many interesting coins to collect.

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