Ancient Armenian Coins: The Artaxiad Dynasty (189 BC-AD 6)
American University of Beirut, Department of History and Archaeology, 2009 - Armenia - 216 pages
The Artaxiad Dynasty of Armenia ruled during the first two centuries BC and issu ed royal coinage both in silver and bronze. Unfortunately, the coinage minted by these kings is still not well understood. Additionally, the published material on the subject is inconsistent and largely speculative, if not contradictory. In 1978, Paul Z. Bedoukian was the first to study the coinage in his book Coinag e of the Artaxiads of Armenia. However, the corpus suffers from errors and some of the information it contains is by now outdated. Since the publication of this treatise 30 years ago, new information and publica tions have appeared in the numismatic world. Unfortunately, these still remain s cattered in various journals and are presented in different languages. The present thesis is a collection of all the scattered data and a reevaluation of the thus far published material, altogether presented in a single and compreh ensive body of work. Consequently, an attempt has been made to provide new insig ht into these coins and new interpretations regarding the attribution, the chron ology, the metrology, the circulation and the classification of the coinage.
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