Travelling exhibitions

The Centre for Coins, Culture and Religious History has several curated sets of historical material that are available for loan to schools, churches and community groups.

Exhibition sets that are currently available include the following, and more sets will be created over time:

The coins of Ephesus

34 coins from the seventh century BCE to the third century CE. Each coin is attached to an A4 card. The city and its connection with St Paul are explained.

 

 

The coins of Tarsus

35 coins from the fifth century BCE to the third century CE. Each coin is attached to an A4 card by a ribbon. Tarsus was the home-town of St Paul.

 

 

A history of coins

There are 23 coins from the beginning of coinage in the 7thcentury BC to 2018.  There are also some large Roman coins for the students to handle. Each coin is attached to an A4 card by a ribbon. Four of the coins are replicas.

 

Albert Schweitzer

Stamps, coins and medals illustrate the life of Albert Schweitzer, the famous medical missionary and Nobel Peace Prize recipient. The exhibits include letters hand-written by Schweitzer.

 

 

The Bible in English

Bible manuscripts and early printed Bibles tell the story of how the Bible came to be written in English. The exhibition includes a page from a first edition copy of Erasmus’ Greek New Testament

 

 

Books of Liturgy

Manuscripts and printed books are used to illustrate the history of liturgy and to explain what liturgy means. The emphasis is on what the major denominations have in common.

 

 

The Reformation

The display consists of 4 parts: 1. MSS before the printing press, including a papyrus fragment from the first century CE; 2. Devotional works (Books of Hours) and music texts; 3. Printed documents and other historical materials; 4. Coins, icons and other items.

 

 

For more information please visit the CCCRH website or contact Dr Lewis at pelew3@gmail.com

 

  • The aim of these travelling exhibitions is to stimulate interest in the history of Christianity.
  • Each exhibition consists of a number of items such as coins, Bible manuscripts and maps. A PowerPoint presentation explains each exhibition.
  • CCCRH researcher, Dr Peter Lewis, sets up the display in consultation with college staff. It can be supervised by RE teachers, chaplains and librarians, and suitable sites include the college library. Usually, an exhibition is at a college for a week. Dr Lewis can show the PowerPoint presentation to staff after setting up the display. He can also make prior visits.
  • Questionnaires for students to complete are available. Possible student projects include inviting each student to “adopt” an item. They would have to learn about it and explain it to other students or write a one-page essay. The prize could be an ancient coin.

 

 

 

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Searchable Coin Auction Database Upgrade

acsearch

The ancient coin search service (acsearch) has recently announced a significant upgrade to the scope of its database.

acsearch.info is an auction database containing numismatic auctions from various renowned international auction houses. The database in part goes back more than 17 years and contains pictures, descriptions and realized prices in several currencies.

The official announcement reads as follows:

The long-awaited acsearch image search has successfully completed the beta phase and is now available to all users. With this great new feature you can quickly and easily find entries of the same coin or die-matching coins in our archive. Areas of application include pedigree research, die studies, coin attributions, etc. The search works in real time and results are displayed within a few seconds. For an optimal search performance, please read the usage instructions.

Due to the complex and expensive infrastructure, the acsearch image search is subject to a fee (starting from 0.70 € per search).

All premium users receive 20 free search credits as a thank you for their support.

 

PCO: Ptolemaic Coins Online

pco-bannerThe American Numismatic Society (ANS) has announced the release of a new web-based research tool: Ptolemaic Coins Online (PCO).

As part of the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded Hellenistic Royal Coinages project, PCO is a new research tool intended to provide wide access to the coins listed in the print volumes of Coins of the Ptolemaic Empire by Catharine C. Lorber.

While the Ptolemaic coins in the ANS collection (some 3,371 pieces) will ultimately serve as the core of the searchable catalogue, a continuing effort will be made to illustrate all types in the database. The current version of PCO includes 990 types, 429 (43%) of which are illustrated by at least one specimen from ANS, the British Museum, the Munzkabinett der Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, the State Coin Collection of Munich, Harvard Art Museums, and the Fralin Museum of Art (University of Virginia). Ultimately, additions specimens will be added with links to coins in the Bibliothèque nationale de France and other public and private collections.

Along with Seleucid Coins Online (numismatics.org/sco) and PELLA (numismatics.org/pella), which currently focuses on the coinage in the name of Alexander the Great, PCO further expands the coverage of typologies and material available through the Hellenistic Royal Coinages project.

The American Numismatic Society, organized in 1858 and incorporated in 1865 in New York State, operates as a research museum under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is recognized as a publicly supported organization under section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) as confirmed on November 1, 1970.

Read the full the press release from ANS.

Seleucid Coins Online update

Seleucid Coins Online is [mostly] complete and published

From the Numishare blog
After a few months of continuous work on normalizing data and fixing some type numbering issues, Seleucid Coins Online has been updated and completed (with the exception of some typos or missing type/subtype records we might invariably find). There are now 2,519 total coin types from Seleucus I until late Roman Republican and early Augustan types issued with under the stated authority of Philip I (posthumously). There are about 6,000 subtypes nested hierarchically under these parent types, and more than 2,000 physical specimens from the ANS, Berlin, Muenster, Harvard Art Museums, and the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia have been linked to SCO, either at a higher parent type level (for worn coins) or at the specific subtype when an accurate identification can be made. Oliver Hoover is still working on cataloging later Seleucid coins in the ANS collection, so the coverage will be expanded in the near future.

American Numismatic Society Publications Online

From AWOL, the Ancient World Online service:

540 American Numismatic Society publications are now available in the Hathi Trust Digital Library as full-text for free use by the public.

In a sweeping effort to make its older and out-of‐print publications available to the public as Open Access, The American Numismatic Society has partnered with HathiTrust. As a result of this partnership scans of nearly 550 ANS titles – including the American Journal of Numismatics, Numismatic Literature, Numismatic Notes and Monographs, and stand-­alone monographs have become fully readable and downloadable to anyone who wants them under a Creative Commons, non-­commercial, attribution, share-­alike license. This means that these ANS publications can be used for personal reading, research, and academic publication just so long as the ANS is cited as the source. Titles currently in the public domain – already have a home on HathiTrust. These volumes were OCR-scanned as part of the Google Books project.

HathiTrust, founded in 2008 by the member universities of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation and the University of California, is a large, collaborative repository of digital content from research libraries and publishers that includes content digitized by Google Books and Internet Archive and Microsoft. Millions of volumes are available via HathiTrust’s website. The entire repository can be full-text searched.

The coins of Ephesus

CCCRH has recently published a series of three articles by Dr Peter Lewis on the coins of Ephesus.

These first appeared in the May, June and July 2018 issues of the Australasian Coin and Banknote Magazine, and are republished here with the permission of the editor.

The three articles offer a detailed discussion of selected coins from the ancient city of Ephesus and will be supplemented by another on a new coin of Tiberius that was minted at Ephesus. That study appeared in the August issue of the magazine and will be available online shortly.

Digital British Numismatic Journal

medal_100pxThe British Numismatic Journal (BNJ) is the Society’s principal publication and has been published since 1903. The Society has recently made a complete digital archive of all issues of the BNJ to 2007 freely available to download. New and recent volumes will be made available five years after publication.

In late 2011, large PDF files of entire volumes were made freely available on the society’s web space. In 2012, the volumes have been split into their constituent articles and made available to search via a google search bar on the page.

Albert Schweitzer on the Road

Schweitzer

Albert Schweitzer is not such a familiar name among younger people these days, but the students at Emmaus College at Jimboomba were enthralled by a recent CCCRH travelling exhibition that featured his amazing life and work.

Schweitzer was born on 14 January 1875 and died—more than 90 years later—on 4 September 1965). Coming from the French-German border areas, Schweitzer represented the best of the cultural currents of his day. He excelled as a theologian, organist, writer, humanitarian, philosopher, and physician. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952 and his contribution to biblical scholarship remain of interest to new generations of students, even if they no longer shape the field.

Books, medallions, coins and stamps were on display at Emma’s College for students and staff to experience first-hand. In addition, there was a letter and a signed postcard written by the man himself. The visiting collection had a big impact on many in the school community.

Emmaus-Scweitzer

Assistant Principal Religious Education Tony Bourke noted, “it was a privilege to be able to share the Schweitzer story with our students”.

There was an overwhelmingly positive response with over 500 students viewing the display. Students volunteered feeling in awe of being so close to such a display of historical artefacts, and even being allowed to pick them up.

I loved the coin and the stamps!
Jack M 7FLEA

The display was really good. The medals and the stamps are really amazing. Talia A 7FLEA

I can’t believe we have a display like this in our school.
Harrison D 9COAR

Students understood the huge privilege they had been granted and were justifiably impressed; many noting that they couldn’t believe that someone had shared their treasures so generously.

The Schweitzer Exhibition is now available for loan to other schools and churches wishing to host the material for a week or two at a time.

Enquiries to the Executive Director, Dr Gregory C. Jenks: 0426067344