Friday, May 21, 2021

On the coins of Sepphoris

NUMISMATICS: David Hendin – Coins Tell the Story of Ancient Sepphoris (Coin Week).
Over the years I have spent three seasons as numismatist at excavations of Sepphoris in the Galilee, sponsored by Duke and Hebrew Universities. This is one of the reasons I’ve become so fond of the city the ancient historian Josephus dubbed “the ornament of all Galilee.”

The coins of Sepphoris were struck for only about 200 years (except for the brief Umayyad period some 500 years after the last Roman provincial coins were struck). During the period they were being struck, however, the coins of Sepphoris preserved a fascinating historic portrait of the city.


For more on the archaeology of Sepphoris (Zipori//Tzipori/Tzippori/Zippori), start here and follow the links.

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