Coins from Polish excavations in Palmyra

A new PCMA publication is available now: Studia Palmyreńskie 13. With this issue, the journal has been converted into a series which is inaugurated by a monograph presenting a catalog of coins discovered in the course of Polish excavations in Palmyra conducted by the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Warsaw in 1959–2001.

The first part presents a posthumous edition of a manuscript by Aleksandra Krzyżanowska, a keeper at the Department of Coins and Medals in the National Museum in Warsaw. It lists 518 Greek, Roman and Byzantine coins, and presents tables and conclusions regarding the monetary circulation in Palmyra from the 1st to the 6th century AD. For the sake of completion, the presentation includes a reprint of a study by Stefan Skowronek of a treasure of Byzantine solidi from the 7th century, first published in 1962.

The second part, by Michał Gawlikowski, a longtime director of the Polish excavations in Palmyra, is a catalog of a treasure of Sassanian and Arab-Sassanian dirhems found in Palmyra in 2001. It describes 694 identifiable coins. The treasure was hoarded during the times of Persian domination in 614–628 and contained also 32 coins of Muslim rulers and governors struck in Iran and Mesopotamia in the last three decades preceding the monetary reform of 695.

A. Krzyżanowska, M. Gawlikowski, Monnaies des fouilles polonaises à Palmyre, [=Studia Palmyreńskie 13], Warsaw: University of Warsaw Press, PCMA, 2014