The 3rd Assemani Symposium was dedicated to the transitional period
of Islamic coinage, aiming at putting in context the Umayyad numismatic
materials. The bulk of the papers published in these Proceedings is therefore
focused on this theme, but the contributions also take into account
Arab-Sasanian and Arab-Byzantine issues, as well as early Umayyad coins
from various regions of the Dār al-Islām (Transoxiana, Sogdiana, Libya,…).
Other papers throw light on different periods and objects of Numismatic
interest (seals, glass stamps, history of collecting), as the vocation of this
Symposium is to be the occasion of a wide-range scientific exchange on Arabic and Islamic Numismatics.
Bruno Callegher: His scientific interests can be defined with in two major
research ambits, one relating to Roman coin finds in North-Eastern Italy,
the other regarding Byzantine coinage. He has been Keeper at the ‘Museo
Bottacin’ in Padua and since 2006 associate professor of Numismatics
at the University of Trieste.
Researcher of Arabic Language and Literature at the
Institute of Oriental Studies, Sapienza – University of Rome. Her domains
of research are Islamic Numismatics and Arabic manuscripts.
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is practically nothing in the historical sources about his having shown an
interest in minting bronze coins. (WALKER 1956: p. xxv) There has been some
discussion about the issuing authority and chronology of the bronze coinage of Mu‘$wiya’s forty years as governor and caliph. The first bronze issues of
urban mints have a terminus ante quem in the last years of his governorship,
that is, in the 650s CE, to judge from an apparent hoard edited by Phillips and
Goodman. (PHILLIPS-GOODMAN 1997)
The earliest forms of this coinage have been called Type I, Pseudo-
Byzantine or ‘imitative’ issues, which Tony Goodwin has divided into nine
distinct series, Types A-I (GOODWIN 2005: pp. 16-17) An important series of
these, Type B, imitations – often crudely – the obverse of Herakeios’ coins of
Cyprus bearing the triple imperial image of Herakleios, Herakleios Constantine
and Martina (HAHN 1981: 198a-b. FOSS 2008, nos. 3-4. ALBUM-GOODWIN 2002:
nos. 505-506. GOODWIN 2005: no. 2). A more extensive series, Goodwin’s Types I
D-F, bears the obverse image of emperor Constans II copied from the standard
bronze coinage of the mint of Constantinople in first eight years of his reign.