New Coin Resource

New ANS Resource

New Coin Search Tool Available from ANS

I wanted to take just a minute to post one of the most exciting new tools I’ve seen in a long time. The American Numismatic Society (which you should join if you are interested in coins) released a new search tool that allows you to search their extensive collection. What is really great about it is the search filters. In Roman coinage I was able to select, for instance, all the coins in their collection from the Ephesus mint in the first century. More than half the search results seemed to have pictures of the coins.

This is a great tool for those doing research on any aspect of coinage, as each era seems to be well represented. In my own area, there are over 100,000 Greek, 80,000 Roman, and 15,000 Byzantine coins according to the press release. I love the ability to search for coins in a specific place and time. I’m not aware of anyone else that has offered that very useful feature in such an easy to use way.

The Bible scholar William Ramsey, in the forward of his book about the life of Paul stated the need to teach

“…younger students the method of applying archaeological, topographical, and numismatic evidence to the investigation of early Christian history.” This tool certainly helps us see the coins and ideas that were circulating at the time of Christ and the early church.

Check it out today! http://numismatics.org/search/

 

 

 

William Ramsay stressed the need to teach:
“…younger students the method of applying archaeological, topographical, and numismatic evidence to the investigation of early Christian history.”