Handbook of Coins of the Southern Levant Volume 10

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Hoover, Oliver D. Handbook of Coins of the Southern Levant:
Phoenicia, Southern Koile Syria (Including Judaea), and Arabia, Fifth to
First Centuries BC [The Handbook of Greek Coinage Series, Volume 10]
. With a Foreword by David Hendin. 2010. lxxix and 201 numbered pp. (GR) (GR339).

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More than three decades have passed since David Sear published Greek Coins & Their Values, his revision of Gilbert Askew’s A Catalogue of Greek Coins
published by B. A. Seaby in 1951. Since then, the field of ancient
numismatics and the hobby of collecting ancient coins have changed so
much that now Greek Coins & Their Values would require a
complete revision to include all of the most current numismatic
information available, list the many new types and varieties unknown to
Sear, and determine an approximate sense of rarity for all of these
issues. In order to encompass this new material and create a viable
reference for the beginning and specialized collector, such a handbook
would have to be more than the two volumes, which Sear found necessary.
As a result, Classical Numismatic Group is publishing The Handbook of
Greek Coinage, written by Oliver D. Hoover, in a series of 13 volumes,
each covering a specified area of Greek coinage. Completion of the
series is expected within five years.

This series is designed to
aid the user in the quick, accurate, and relatively painless
identification of Greek coins, while providing a cross-reference for
each entry to a major work, which will allow the inquirer to pursue more
in-depth research on the subject. The subject-matter of each volume is
arranged chronologically for royal issues, and regionally for the civic
issues; within each region, cities are listed directionally, depending
on the region. For those rulers or cities that issued coins concurrently
in all three metals, these issues will be arranged in the catalog with
gold first, followed by silver, and then bronze; each metal is arranged
by denomination, largest to smallest. Known mints for the royal coinage
are listed below the appropriate type, making an easy search for a
specific mint. Each entry includes a rarity rating based on the
frequency with which they appear in publications, public and private
collections, the market, and/or are estimated to exist in public or
private hands. No valuations are listed in the printed book, since such
values are generally out of date by the time of publication. A web-based
valuation guide at www.greekcoinvalues.com
will allow interested individuals the opportunity to gauge the market,
and reduce the need for repeated updates of this series. Whether one
purchases the entire set for their reference library, or the individual
volume pertaining to one’s area of specialization, The Handbook of Greek Coinage Series should provide a useful staging-point from which collectors and interested scholars can pursue their research and interests.

The second published volume in the series is Handbook
of Coins of the Southern Levant: Phoenicia, Southern Koile Syria
(Including Judaea), and Arabia, Fifth to First Centuries BC
(Volume
10 in the series). This volume is arranged geographically from north to
south with each region’s city entries in alphabetical order. The coinage
within each city is arranged chronologically and begins with the royal
issues during the Persian Empire (as is the case with the cities of
Phoenicia), through the issues of Alexander the Great (both lifetime
issues and those later civic issues in his name). Where rulers or cities
issued coins concurrently in all three metals, these issues will be
arranged in the catalog with gold first, followed by silver, and then
bronze; each metal is arranged by denomination, largest to smallest.

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