New numismatic publications available at the ANS

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August 26th, 2010 – Two new publications of the ANS are now available for a special pre-order price. If you order the first book „The Silver Coins of Massachusetts: Classification, Minting Technique“ you will pay $ 60 instead of $ 95; for the second book „Coinage of the Caravan Kingdoms“ the price is $ 100 instead of $ 185.

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Coinage of the Caravan Kingdoms: Studies in Ancient Arabian Monetization, edited by Martin Huth and Peter G. van Alfen. Numismatic Studies No. 25
Hardback, illus., 560 pp., ISSN 051-7404-X ISBN 978-0-89722-312-6. $ 185, special pre-order price $ 100.

This volume represents the first comprehensive look at ancient Arabian coinage in toto since George Hill’s 1922 British Museum catalogue. In addition to a catalogue and updated typologies of Philistian, Nabataean, Minaen, Qatabanian, Sabaean, Himyarite, and Gerrhean coinages, among others, and die studies of the owl and Alexander imitations, this volume features essays written by numismatists, archaeologists, and epigraphists that situate the coins within their political, social, and economic contexts. As these studies demonstrate, the beginnings of coinage in Arabia followed two very distinct traditions, the first along a line running roughly from Gaza on the Mediterranean coast to the Hadhramawt on the Arabian Sea, the other in eastern Arabia, running along the Persian Gulf coast from the mouth of the Euphrates to the Oman peninsula.

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The Silver Coins of Massachusetts: Classification, Minting Technique, Atlas by Christopher J. Salmon
Hardback, illus., 304 pp., ISBN 978-0-89722-316-0. $ 95; special pre-order price $ 60.

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.

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