The Israel Museum’s Islamic Coins Sylloge Project
The present volume is the first in a series devoted to the Islamic coins in the
collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. The majority of these coins were
donated to the Museum by the late Paul Balog. The Israel Museum is proud to
continue Balog’s legacy by making his rich coin collection available to the public.
The adoption of the sylloge format, organized by individual mints, is best suited
to the needs of scholars of political and monetary history. The Egyptian series
is by far the strongest in Balog’s collection, and one of the largest of its kind.
Appropriately, the Mamlūk mints of Egypt were chosen to be the subject of the
first volume of the series.
Issa M. Baidoun is an Islamic art historian and numismatist and affiliated
with the numismatic department at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. He is also a
fellow of the Israel Numismatic Society.
Haim Gitler is Curator of Numismatics at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. He
is currently the President of the Israel Numismatic Society and a lecturer at Tel
Stefan B. Heidemann is Associate Curator in the Department of Islamic Art at
The Metropolitan Museum, as well as Professor of Islamic History and Artistic
and Material Culture at The Bard Graduate Center, New York.
Warren C. Schultz is Professor of History at DePaul University, Chicago. He is
also a fellow of the American Numismatic Society.