Early Hellenistic Coinage from the Accession of Alexander to the Peace of Apamaea (336-188 BC)

Early Hellenistic Coinage from the Accession of Alexander to the Peace of Apamaea (336-188 BC)

Hardback 336-188 B.C.

By (author) Otto Morkholm, Edited by Ulla Westermark, Edited by Philip Grierson


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  • Format: Hardback | 348 pages
  • Dimensions: 198mm x 252mm x 24mm | 1,061g
  • Publication date: 13 March 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521395046
  • ISBN 13: 9780521395045
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 2 b/w illus. 6 maps 4 tables
  • Sales rank: 1,663,722

Product description

This book, first published in 1991, is a full study of early Hellenistic coinage. It provides a general history of the coinage of Alexander the Great and his successors, and of the cities of Greece and Asia Minor, over the century and a half 336-188 BC. Dr Morkholm's detailed descriptions of the coins, and the 40 pages of plates illustrating over 600 items, will provide a standard work of reference for ancient historians, numismatists and collectors. His original intention was to write a survey of Hellenistic coinage down to the Roman acquisition of Egypt in 30 BC, but he died with his project only half finished. The survey of early Hellenistic coinage, however, is complete in itself. A short epilogue has been added by Professor Grierson describing the main features of the coinage after 188 BC.

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Review quote

"...the editors have done a splendid job...a brilliant, thorough handbook of Hellenistic coinage for the first half of the Hellenistic Age. It will be indispensable for anyone, numismatist or not, who works in this period, and will stand as a great monument to its author." American Journal of Archaeology

Table of contents

Foreword Philip Grierson; Summary of the plates; Maps, figures and tables; Abbreviations; Part I. General Features of the Coinage: 1. Metals and weight standards; 2. Coin production and use; 3. Types and inscriptions; Part II. Alexander and the Diadochi 336-c.280; 4. Coins of Alexander's lifetime; 5. Philip III and the early posthumous coinage; 6. Egypt and its neighbours; 7. Syria and the East: Seleucus; 8. Macedonia, Asia Minor and Greece; Part III. The Balance of Power: Eastern Hellenism; c.280-188 Introduction; 9. The Ptolemies c.283-200; 10. The Seleucids; 11. Asia Minor, Macedonia and Greece; Epilogue; A. The end of Macedonian coinage Otto Morkholm; B. Later Hellenistic coinage Philip Grierson; Appendices: Lists of rulers; Chronological tables 336-187; Glossary; Select bibliography; Plate captions.