RT 7 - SAMARIAN COINS IN LIGHT OF EARLY INDIGENOUS LEVANTINE COINAGES
- Haim Gitler (Israel Museum)
- Oren Tal (Tel Aviv University)
Org. and moderator: Haim Gitler and Oren Tal
Within the framework of our current research program “A Corpus of Samarian Coinage” we aim to update and re-evaluate different numismatic aspects of the coinage of Samaria from the late Persian period. The Samarian mint, being one of the first mints to strike coins in the southern Levant, established the use of indigenous coins in the area along with the mints of Philistia, Judah and possibly Edom. The goal of our endeavour is to present a corpus of all the types of Samarian coins at hand and to put forward a new typology and chronology for the mint.
Previous systematic studies have identified circa 250 Samarian coin types. Currently, the research program has defined over 330 types, strengthening the conclusion that Samaria was one of the most versatile mints in the ancient Levant.
The Round Table, entitled: “Samarian Coins in Light of Early Indigenous Levantine Coinages”, wishes to bring together a group of scholars whose field of expertise relates to Levantine Coinages from this period, in order to discuss questions of chronology, metrology, iconography, economy, ethnicity, religion, autonomy and political and cultural affinities in the region by employing comparative analysis of contemporaneous material from Asia Minor through Phoenicia, Ancient Syria, Palestine and Jordan.
List of panelists:
François de Callatay
Peter van Alfen