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The E-Sylum: Volume 13, Number 20, May 16, 2010, Article 4

NEW BOOK: ASTRONOMICAL SYMBOLS ON ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL COINS

Kristal Hamby of McFarland Publishing forwarded this information about a recently published book on an unusual numismatic topic. -Editor

Faintich Astronomical Symbols on Ancient and Medieval Coins Astronomical Symbols on Ancient and Medieval Coins
Marshall Faintich

232 pages $55 hardcover (7 10)
566 illustrations, maps, appendices, bibliography, index
ISBN 978-0-7864-3178-6 2008

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.

Marshall Faintich has a Ph.D. in astronomy, is a past national director of the American Cartographic Association, and has been a numismatist for more than 50 years. He lives in Central, Virginia.

McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers
Box 611
Jefferson, North Carolina 28640
336-246-4460
Orders 800-253-2187
FAX 336-246-4403
www.mcfarlandpub.com

In Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, order from: The Eurospan Group, www.eurospangroup.com

In Australia and New Zealand, order from: DA Information Services, www.dadirect.com

In India, order from: Viva Books, www.vivagroupindia.net

To order, see: Astronomical Symbols on Ancient and Medieval Coins (www.mcfarlandpub.com/book-2.php?id=978-0-7864-3178-6)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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