Sep 11 – 16, 2022
University of Warsaw
Europe/Warsaw timezone

Ancient Ptolemaic Bronze Coins in the J. Paul Getty Museum: History and Preservation Methods

Sep 16, 2022, 4:40 PM
Auditorium Maximum - Adam Mickiewicz Hall

Auditorium Maximum - Adam Mickiewicz Hall


Almoatzbellah Elshahawi (J. Paul Getty Museum (Graduated Intern))


Archaeologists and historians use ancient coins as one of the most important sources of knowledge for interpreting the past. Through the study of coins, we can obtain valuable information about the culture of that time since most coins can be easily dated. This is partly because, unlike most other ancient artifacts, they are often stamped with text and images of rulers from a specific period in time. Coins also revealed which countries had been trading partners. Furthermore, the materials used to mint coins, such as bronze, silver, and gold, have assisted historians in dating the coins and revealing the culture's richness.
My paper will focus on the study of eighty Ptolemaic bronze coins in the antiquities collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum. I'll discuss the history of the coins, how they were documented, and conclude with treatment, cataloguing and storage recommendations.

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Almoatzbellah Elshahawi (J. Paul Getty Museum (Graduated Intern))

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