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The E-Sylum:  Volume 3, Number 51, December 10, 2000, Article 5

      THE NUMISMATIC LEGACY OF THE JEWS AS DEPICTED BY A DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN COLLECTION 

   The book is a masterful interweaving of Jewish history and 
   religious traditions, illustrated by one of the world’s foremost 
   collections of ancient Jewish coins. It is a collaborative work 
   by Claudia Wallack Samuels, Paul Rynearson and Ya’akov 
   Meshorer, with a foreword by Leo Mildenberg. It studies 
   Jewish history from the Persian Period to the Bar Kokhba 
   Revolt, interweaving the events of the period with their religious 
   and cultural context, all illustrated by the wonderful collection 
   of Alan I. Casden, whose eye for quality and rarity is evident 
   throughout. 

   The book concludes with a detailed numismatic catalogue 
   of the 228 coins of the Casden Collection which serve as its 
   anchor.  Included are the small silver coins of the Persian and 
   Ptolemaic periods, the bronzes of the Jewish rulers and Roman 
   governors, the silver issues of the two Revolts, the city coins 
   and the Roman issues relating to Judaea. Each coin is fully 
   described with regard to identification of city or ruler, metal, 
   weight, die axis, inscription (in the original language and 
   translation), obverse and reverse types and major numismatic 
   references. 

   The book is a must for the beginning or advanced student of 
   Jewish history, religion and numismatics. Published in hardcover 
   and available exclusively from Stack’s for $125, the book is 212 
   pages long with an extensive index, bibliography and glossary, 4 
   maps, 11 black and white plates, and over 200 illustrations 
   throughout the text, most enlarged to reveal fine detail." 

   [Editor's note:  Stack's has just published a new holiday 
    numismatic booklist, offering "20% off on all orders received 
    by December 29, 2000."    Their web address is 
    http://www.stacks.com/. 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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