University of Calgary Exhibit -- The Coins of Jesus

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  1. Roman Collector

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    "Coins of Jesus is a virtual exhibition that highlights Judeo-Christian coinage in the Numismatics Collection of Nickle Galleries, covering a unique geographic area and a historic period of cultural and ideological diversity. Beginning with Persian Imperial coins and Phoenician shekels, the exhibition presents Jewish, Judeo-Roman, Roman Christian and Byzantine coinage, concluding with Islamic and Medieval money – an intellectually and artistically rewarding journey.

    "Exhibition curated by Marina Fischer from the Numismatic Collection of Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary."

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  3. tibor

    tibor Well-Known Member

    Thanks for sharing that link. Nice to see those coins.
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  4. Al Kowsky

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    R.C. Thanks for the link, the Nickle Galleries collection is impressive :happy:. No doubt Jesus Christ & Christianity have had a tremendous impact on Western coin design ;). I'm surprised not to see this common & iconic coin type not represented in the display o_O.

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    Anonymous, Time of Basil II & Constantine VIII. AD 976 - 1065. AE Nummus: 10.48 gm, 29 mm, 6 h. Constantinople Mint. Sear 1813.
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    Last edited: Jun 14, 2021

    +VGO.DVCKS Well-Known Member

    Terrific link, with an equally apt complement by @Al Kowsky. Along similar lines, here are a couple of Aksumites (/Axumites --academics use both; why can't we?). Anon. 5th century, followed by Hataz, c. 570 (chronology from Munro-Hay). No portraits of Christ, but crosses, along with legends in Koine (New Testsament) Greek and Ge'ez, a Semitic language whose alphabet, this early and on coins, is reminiscent of the archaic Hebrew in ancient Jewish coins.
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  6. Severus Alexander

    Severus Alexander Blame my mother. Supporter

    Ever since they hired Marina they've been doing a great job of public exhibitions - and this looks like a great COVID-times substitute. I love the Nickle! (They went through a long period of inactivity, preceded by a scandal... the first curator stole high quality coins from the collection, replacing them with low quality substitutes. When I was a teenager, that guy gave me a tour of the collection. :eek:)

    I've lent coins to them for exhibits before. Here's one:
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