The Potential for Image Analysis in Numismatics

Christopher J. Howgego

in Images and Artefacts of the Ancient World

Published by British Academy

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780197262962
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734533 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Occasional Papers

The Potential for Image Analysis in Numismatics

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The systematic study of coinage at the level of individually engraved die revolutionized numismatics; however the laborious nature of such work has severely limited its application. Die studies are important for attribution and chronology as well as for quantification. Exhaustive study on coinage reveals great evidences particularly in economic history. This chapter discusses the potential posed by image analysis and photography on the field of numismatics. It discusses the principal technique challenges, with a view to stimulating discussion as to the best way forward.

Keywords: study of coinage; die; numismatics; coinage; image analysis; photography

Chapter.  3397 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Archaeological Methodology and Techniques

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