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Astronomical Symbols on Ancient and Medieval Coins Hardcover – November 8, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0786431786 ISBN-10: 0786431784

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (November 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786431784
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786431786
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,664,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Marshall Faintich scores gold...remarkable...analyses are highly detailed...This is a book not to be read in a hurry. It is one to be savoured and digested at leisure" --Auckland Astronomical Society Journal --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gerald Armstrong on March 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Anyone who specializes in ancient coins with an astronomical motif will find this book a must for their library. Marshall Faintich does an excellent job of describing in detail ancient coins that reveal eclipses, planets, comets and stars. The book is very strong in Medieval coins while curiously weak in Roman and Greek coins. For example, the crescent and stars of the various Roman emperors are only touched upon briefly usually at the beginning of each chapter. The book would have gotten five stars if the author had included the denarius of Hadrian as well as Septimius Severus and their many different reverses of crescent and stars. Very little is mentioned of the Provincial coins of Septimius Severus, Diadumenian, Geta and Caracalla, nor Gordian III. The Romans produced a large number of coins with astronomical symbols on them.
Where the author does his best work is in the field of Medieval coins. Here is a detailed analysis of coins throughout the Dark Ages that he describes in minute detail. If a second edition is ever printed, let us hope that the author will expand on the Roman and Greek coinage to possibly even match the amount written about the Medieval coins.
There are very few photographs in the book, but this is offset by clear and clean ink drawings of the coins described. The drawings are probably better suited for explaining the various symbols that would get lost in a photograph.
I recommend this book highly for anyone who collects ancient astronomical coins. It should also be included in the library of any ancient coin collector.
Gerald Armstrong
Astronomical Coin Collector
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Victor Failmezger Jr. on December 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have known the author for many years and have watched the amazing effort and attention to detail that when into this work. The final result is splendid. It is a work of love for both the subjects of astronmy and ancient and medieval coinage. From our perspective it is often impossible to gain insights as to why these coins depict what they do. Here Faintich solves part of the puzzle in a clear and engaging manner. The ancients were very more in tune as what was going on in the heavens and the astronomical symbols (and their interpretation) were used to commemorate the events of the times. Your purchase of this work will give you a much greater understanding and appreciation of the ancient and medieval world.
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By Roy Lassiter on June 20, 2014
Format: Paperback
I found this publication to fit in with both astronomy and my collection of coins, plus ancient people sub conscience beliefs. I read it through the first night. not a lot has changed for some people who don't want to deal with reality. It also goes with my study of the Bible.

Recommend it for a lot of reasons, almost forgot good for archeologist research.
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The author gives a plausible explanation for what all the little symbols on medieval coins mean, but he has no hard evidence. While I don't doubt that a sun in eclipse may look like a circle, that doesn't prove that replacing stars with circles on a coin is related to an eclipse.
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