Judaea on coins

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by Ursula Kampmann

July 25, 2013 – Among the many interesting historic topics that have influenced our modern world one of the most intriguing and searched fields of numismatic collection is the history of the Jewish states until the destruction of Jerusalem when the Roman province Judaea was given the new name of Syria Palaestina.

We know numerous coins with historic references from the time between Judaea’s conquest by Pompeius to the end of the Bar Kohkba War under Hadrianus. In 2010 Spink hosted a much-noticed conference in London, where renowned scholars presented the most recent research on some of these coin types. These essays have now been published by Spink. They offer a colourful picture of how multifaceted coin issues actually were in this period, and how close the (numismatic) connection between Rome and Judaea on the one hand, Judaea and the neighbouring provinces on the other.

David M. Jacobson, Nikos Kokkinos (edd.), Judaea and Rome in Coins 65 BCE-315 CE. Papers Presented at the International Conference Hosted by Sping, 13th-14th September 2010. London 2012. Hardcover. 19.7 x 25.2cm. 254 p. with bw and colour images. ISBN: 978-1-907427-22-0. Price: 50 GBP.

To get an idea of the broadness of the covered topics just take a look at the list of all the essays contained in the book:

  • Andrew Burnett: The Herodian Coinage Viewed against the Wider Perspective of Roman Coinage
  • Rachel Barkay: Roman Influence on Jewish Coins
  • Anne Lykke: The Use of Languages and Scripts in Ancient Jewish Coinage. An Aid in Defining the Role of the Jewish Temple until its Destruction in 70 CE
  • Danny Syon: Galilean Mints in the Early Roman Period. Politics, Economy and Ethnicity
  • Robert Bracey: On the Graphical Interpretation of Herod’s Year 3 Coins
  • Niko Kokkinos: The Prefects of Judaea 6-48 CE and the Coins from the Misty Period 6-36 CE
  • Robert Deutsch: The Coinage of the Great Jewish Revolt against Rome. Script, Language and Inscriptions
  • David Hendin: Jewish Coinage of the Two Wars. Aims and Meaning
  • David M. Jacobson: The Significance of the Caduceus between Facing Cornucopias in Herodian and Roman Coinage
  • Ted V. Buttrey: Vespasian’s Roman Orichalcum. An Unrecognised Celebratory Coinage
  • Marius Heemstra: The Interpretation and Wider Context of Nerva’s Fiscus Judaicus Sestertius
  • Kevin Butcher: The Silver Coinage of Roman Arabia
  • Boaz Zissu, David Hendin: Further Remarks on Coins in Circulation during the Bar-Kohkba War: Te’omim Cave and Horvat ‘Ethri Hoards
  • Larry J. Kreitzer: Hadrian as Nero Redivivus. Some supporting evidence from Corinth

You can order the book directly with Spink for 50 pounds. If you want to order it, just click here.