Astronomical Symbols on Ancient and Medieval Coins

Astronomical Symbols on Ancient and Medieval Coins


By (author) Marshall Faintich

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  • Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 225 pages
  • Dimensions: 185mm x 257mm x 18mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 15 January 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Jefferson, NC
  • ISBN 10: 0786431784
  • ISBN 13: 9780786431786
  • Illustrations note: photos, notes, bibliography, index

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The coins of ancient and medieval Europe provide unique insights into the economic and political history of their period. In a time when few members of the population could read or write, the symbols depicted on coins offered a medium for communication, propaganda, and historical archiving. This work hypothesizes that astronomical symbols on ancient and medieval coins were often used as a way to record actual celestial events. The author provides more than 550 figures and line drawings of coins, maps, and astronomical events to illustrate this hypothesis. In addition, several appendices evaluate the historical accuracy of ancient and medieval coinage and offer additional examples not included in the main volume.

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