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Coins (Interpreting the Past) Paperback – June 20, 1991

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"Should be assigned in any seminar on numismatics as required reading."—Kenneth W. Harl, author of Civic Coins & Civic Politics in the Roman East, a.d. 180-275

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"Should be assigned in any seminar on numismatics as required reading." (Kenneth W. Harl, author of Civic Coins & Civic Politics in the Roman East, a.d. 180-275)
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  • Series: Interpreting the Past (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; First Edition edition (June 20, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520076281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520076280
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,001,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Virgil Brown VINE VOICE on May 30, 2003
Format: Paperback
In this book Andrew Burnett writes that there is the wealth of information that coins can contribute to our understanding of the past. For example, the coins minted by Richard the Lionhearted and his brother John all carried the name of their father Henry II because public confidence was based upon an unchanging design. Or for another example, the coins minted by Caesar Augustus phased out the use of divine symbols when depicting the emperor. The political message sent by the coins was that Augustus was "first among equals." Not surprisingly, Nero reinstated the use of divine symbols on his coins. The political message here is that Nero was "first without equals." As historical sources coins have a couple of advantages. One is that they were officially produced. And the second is that they were massed produced.
_Coins_ is a concise yet very interesting book for readers who want to get beyond coin collecting.
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