Coins were heavy to transport in those days, and marauding armies didn't have bank access, so they often buried them. Such was the case when Alexander The Great sacked Sidon in Phoenicia (modern Lebanon). The author tells us he buried piles of gold and silver coins in copper urns, intending to return, but died in the field and they were forgotten for 22 centuries until some workmen stumbled across them in 1850. (The workmen made off with much of the treasure). A photo depicts one recovered coin. More recently, ancient coins have been unearthed in Great Britain and Germany, and in other countries once ruled by Rome.
How much did a talent of gold weigh? A silver Shekel? The author makes estimates and translates that into U.S. dollar value, but those figures must be significantly updated to reflect the volatile precious metals market today. This book can take one back to the lands of Judea, Egypt and Galilee, to Lydia, Antioch and Greece, and to the times and events reflected in the coins that survive.
Publication Date: 1955
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