The Abraham and Marian Sofaer Collection
at the American Numismatic Society and the Israel Museum
Abraham and the Marian Sofaer collection consists of over 5,000 coins and related objects produced by the peoples who inhabited the Holy Land from the Persian period in the fifth and fourth centuries BCE through the Crusader kingdom in the thirteenth century of the modern era. Assembled over more than thirty years, the collection contains gold, silver, and bronze coins of the Persians, Greeks, Samarians, Hebrews, Nabataeans, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, and Crusaders.
Highlights of the collection include a rich selection of the fractional silver coinage of Samaria; a comprehensive assemblage of the coins of the Hasonaean and Herondian Jewish dynasties; superb examples of coinage issued during the Jewish revolts from Rome; fully representative runs of the coinages of the cities of Galilee, Samraia, Judaea, Idumaea, and the Decapolis under Roman rule; and rare examples of the Umayyad and 'Abbasid coinages produced in Jerusalem and elsewhere.
All coins are fully described and illustrated on 238 plates. These volumes below will serve as standard reference works for archaeologists, historians, and numismatists studying two millennia of the history of the Holy Land.