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Hopefully the last in a series of posts about the website changes! It has come to our attention that the email addresses ending @numismatics.org.uk have not been working since 2nd December. If you have tried to contact the RNS or Henry Lythe and John Morcom using these email addresses in the last ten days, many apologies. The email addresses are now working again, so please re-send any inquiries or messages to ensure that they are received. Sorry for any inconvenience!

Changes to the RNS Website

cropped-seal.jpgAs you may have noticed, the RNS website has recently changed its appearance. This is a result of updates to ensure its continued stability and usability, and to enable future improvements. The changes should not have affected the content of the website, though some hyperlinks may not work properly for the next week or so. If, from mid-December onwards, you spot any links which are broken, please do let Rebecca Darley know (r.darley@bbk.ac.uk).

This change has also temporarily disabled the payment portals for donations and subscriptions. These should be back up and running by the end of the coming week, and in the meantime we apologise for any inconvenience this causes.

Other minor aspects of the website’s appearance may change over the next few days but posts will continue on the blog on a regular basis and you should still be able to find all the same information in the same places.

If you have any suggestions for how the website could better serve you as a member of the RNS in future, please also mail Rebecca with ideas!

NEW SPECIAL PUBLICATIONS FROM THE ROYAL NUMISMATIC SOCIETY (2014-2015)

Tony Goodwin and Rika Gyselen, Arab Byzantine Coins from the Irbid Hoard. Including a New Introduction to the Series and a Study of the Pseudo-Damascus Mint. Royal Numismatic Society Special Publication no. 53. London, 2015. Pp. ix, 297 including 51 plates. ISBN 09014054487 £60.00

The book summarises the latest research on Arab-Byzantine coins and then examines two enigmatic series: ‘Pseudo-Damascus’ and ʿalwafā lillāh. The name ‘Pseudo-Damascus’ derives from the fact that many of the coins have a mint mark which indicates they were minted at Damascus though the evidence is clear that they were struck elsewhere. They are unique in the Arab-Byzantine series for their extraordinary variety of designs. As well as analysing the typology Goodwin publishes a complete die corpus. The name ʿalwafā lillāh derives from the enigmatic phrase written in the exergue of the reverse and, sometimes, also on the obverse of the coins. Although similar in overall style to pseudo-Damascus the design of the ʿalwafā lillāh is by contrast very standardised. The typology is exhaustively analysed by Gyselen. These two types predominated in the Irbid hoard. Found in Jordan in the 1960s, this is the only substantial hoard of Arab Byzantine coins. The book catalogues and illustrates 658 coins from the Ibid hoard, 501 of which are now in the Cabinet des Medailles in Paris. The historical context of the issues and their suggested attributions are also discussed. They both come from mints located in present day Israel or North Jordan and circulated together at the time of the war between the Umayyads and the Zubayrids. On the basis of our present knowledge they are most likely issues of separate tribal authorities.

Jacqueline Morineau Humphris and Diana Delbridge, The Coinage of the Opountian Lokrians. Royal Numismatic Society Special Publication no. 50. London 2014. vii + 254 pages, 61 plates. £60 + p&p from Spink Ltd.

This publication deals with the entire coinage, silver and bronze, of the Opountian Lokrians in Central Greece from the early fourth century BC to the later first century AD. Introductory chapters deal with the history and mythology of the region and the various forms of ethnic found on the coins and in literary and epigraphic sources. They are followed by full die-studies of all series in both metals and discussion of their dates and significance. The silver, belonging mostly if not entirely to the fourth century BC, comprises an abundant series of staters of high artistic quality, drachms, triobols, and smaller fractions in several denominations. The bronze is divided into 42 groups, ranging in date from the mid-4th century BC to AD c.68/69.

Robert Bennett, Local Elites and Local Coinage: Elite Self-Representation on the Provincial Coinage of Asia 31 BC – AD 275. Royal Numismatic Society Special Publication no. 51. London 2014. xxiv + 178 pages, 31 plates. £50 + p&p from Spink Ltd.

In this book the author examines the role and representation of the provincial elites in the production and distribution of the abundant local coinages of the Province of Asia in the Roman Imperial period. It includes discussion of local magistracies in general, their antecedents, the various formulae whereby eponyms signed their coinages, and the relationship of iconography to eponyms, denomination and ‘monumentality’. A wealth of case-studies includes detailed discussion of the important mints of Thyateria and Laodikeia on the Lykos, and full type-catalogues of their Roman Provincial output.