A two-day international conference with the theme Judaea and Rome in Coins, 65 BCE to 135 CE, was held at the premises of Spink and Son Ltd. in London on Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th September 2010.

The event, co-ordinated by David Jacobson, Nikos Kokkinos and Philip Skingley and co-sponsored by the Institute of Jewish Studies at University College London (UCL), followed two previous London conferences (The World of the Herods and Nabataeans in 2001 and Herod and Augustus in 2005), which were successful and have become reference points.

The period covered spans the Roman conquest of Judaea by Pompey, through the years of the Herodian dynasty to the last major Jewish uprising against Roman rule under Simon Bar-Kokhba, and encompasses the birth of Christianity. The past few decades have seen considerable advances in numismatic scholarship dealing with this period, partly stimulated by archaeological exploration and numerous coin finds, which have shed light on various political, social and economic issues. The conference was used to exchange views and analyse the fresh developments from new perspectives.

Well-known experts in the fields of Roman and Jewish numismatics delivered lectures in four sessions over two days. Hospitality in the form of buffet lunches and refreshments was provided. The Spink showrooms were open for the duration of the Conference and a small related exhibition was on display in the British Museum. A collection of papers was published subsequently.


Monday 13 September 2010

09:00 Registration of Delegates on arrival at Spink and Son Ltd.,69 Southampton Row, London WC1

09:45 Welcome to Spink and the Conference by Philip Skingley

(Associate Director, Spink); with a few words by the co-organisers, David Jacobson (UCL) and Nikos Kokkinos (UCL) 

Session 1 – Chair: Kevin Butcher

10:00 The Herodian Coinage Viewed Against Rome, Andrew Burnett (The British Museum, London)

10:40 Question Time

10:45 On the Graphical Interpretation of Herod's Year 3 Coins,  Robert Bracey (The British Museum, London)

11:25 Question Time

11:30 Coffee

Session 2 – Chair: Philip Skingley

12:00 Roman Influence on Jewish Coins, Rachel Barkay (Bank of Israel, Jerusalem)

12:40 Question Time

12:45 Politics, Economy and Ethnicity: Coin Circulation in Early  Roman Galilee, Danny Syon (Israel Numismatic Society, Jerusalem)

13.25 Question Time

13.30 Lunch 

Session 3 – Chair: Nikos Kokkinos

14:30 The Chronology of Pontius Pilatus and New Numismatic and Archaeometallurgical Research, Kenneth Lonnqvist (University of Helsinki)

15:10 Question Time

15:15 The Interpretation of Nerva's Fiscus Judaicus Sestertius, Marius Heemstra (Groningen University)

15:55 Question Time

16:00 Tea

16:30 A Presentation of the British Museum's Collection of Ancient          Jewish Coins and Special Concurrent Display, Amelia Dowler (The British Museum)

Special Conference Evening Event Hosted by the Institute of Jewish Studies at University College London (UCL)

18:00 Buffet Reception in the Terrace Restaurant

18:45 Public Lecture in the Chadwick Lecture Theatre: Understanding Herod the Great Through his Coins (David Jacobson, UCL) 

Tuesday 14 September 2010

09:35 Arrival of Delegates 

Session 1 – Chair: Andrew Burnett

10:00 The Coinage of the First Jewish Revolt Against Rome, Robert Deutsch (Tel Aviv)

10:40 Question Time 

10:45 Jewish Coinage of the Two Wars – Aims and Meaning, David          Hendin (New York)

11:25 Question Time

11:30 Coffee

Session 2 – Chair: David Jacobson

12:00 Numismatics and the Bar-Kokhba Revolt: Some New          Discoveries, Boaz Zissu (Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan)

12:40 Question Time

12:45 Hadrian as Nero Redivivus – Some Numismatic Evidence, Larry Kreitzer (Regent's Park College, Oxford)

13.25 Question Time

13.30 Lunch 

Session 3 – Chair: Danny Syon

14:30 The Cornucopiae Dupondii of Vespasian not Commagene but not Syria either, Ted Buttrey (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge)

15:10 Question Time

15:15 The Silver Coinage of Roman Arabia, Kevin Butcher (University of Warwick)

15:55 Question Time

16:00 Tea

16:30 Group Photograph and End of Conference


David M. Jacobson and Nikos Kokkinos (eds.), Judaea and Rome in Coins 65 BCE - 135 CE: Papers Presented at the International Conference Hosted by Spink, 13th-14th September 2010, London: Spink, 2012 (Hb). ISBN: 978-1-907427-22-0. 19 X 25 cm. i-x, 245 pp. illustrated.

The papers in this volume are based mostly on presentations at the conference. The period covered spans the Roman conquest of Judaea by Pompey through to the last major Jewish uprising against Rome under Simon Bar-Kokhba, encompassing the age of the Herods and the birth of Christianity. The contributors have pooled their specialist knowledge to illuminate important issues in the history of Judaea and its relationship to Rome.


Foreword (by Markham J. Geller)

Preface (by the Editors)

Andrew BurnettThe Herodian Coinage Viewed against the Wider Perspective of Roman Coinage

Rachel BarkayRoman Influence on Jewish Coins

Anne LykkeThe Use of Languages and Scripts in Ancient Jewish Coinage: An Aid in Defining the Role of the Jewish Temple until its Destruction in 70 CE 

Danny Syon, Galilean Mints in the Early Roman Period: Politics, Economy and Ethnicity 

Robert BraceyOn the Graphical Interpretation of Herod’s Year 3 Coins     

Nikos KokkinosThe Prefects of Judaea 6-48 CE and the Coins from the Misty Period 6-36 CE 

Robert DeutschThe Coinage of the Great Jewish Revolt against Rome: Script, Language and Inscriptions 

David HendinJewish Coinage of the Two Wars: Aims and Meaning     

David M. JacobsonThe Significance of the Caduceus between Facing Cornucopias in Herodian and Roman Coinage

Ted V. ButtreyVespasian’s Roman Orichalcum: An Unrecognised Celebratory Coinage 

Marius HeemstraThe Interpretation and Wider Context of Nerva’s Fiscus Judaicus Sestertius 

Kevin ButcherThe Silver Coinage of Roman Arabia

Boaz Zissu and David HendinFurther Remarks on Coins in Circulation during the Bar-Kokhba War: Te’onim Cave and Horvat ‘Ethri Hoards 

Larry KreitzerHadrian as Nero Redivivus: Some Supportive Evidence from Corinth     

List of Contributors 

Group Photograph