Book Series American Numismatic Society

Guide to Biblical Coins

David Hendin

  • Pages: xx + 643 p.
  • Size:152 x 229 mm
  • Illustrations:500 b/w, 5 tables b/w.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2021

  • ISBN: 978-0-89722-741-4
  • Hardback
  • Available


« On le voit, le livre n’est pas une simple synthèse : il est innovant, bien documenté, très informé sur de très nombreux sujets. Grâce à cette sixième mise à jour, il accompagnera encore longtemps la recherche et demeurera l’un des meilleurs livres à propos des monnaies du judaïsme du Second Temple, à mettre entre toutes les mains. »  (Michaël Girardin, in Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 18/04/2023)


David Hendin is an expert in coins and weights of the ancient Levant. His original research has been published in more than 75 journal articles and book chapters and he has written of hundreds of magazine articles.

Hendin is first vice president and adjunct curator at the American Numismatic Society. In addition to Guide to Biblical Coins, he is author of Ancient Scale WeightsCultural ChangeNot Kosher (Forgeries of Ancient Jewish and Biblical Coins), and Collecting Coins plus eight non-numismatic books including the national bestseller Death as a Fact of Life.

Hendin received the Gunnar Holst Foundation Medal at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) in 2013 and the President’s Award of the American Numismatic Association in 2003 and more than a dozen literary awards.

In 1985 and 1986 he was chief numismatist of the Joint Sepphoris Project under the auspices of Duke University and Hebrew University and Duke’s Sepphoris Research Project in 2011.

Hendin earned his M.A. from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 1970 after a year as a volunteer in the wake of Israel’s Six Day War. Hendin has been listed in Who’s Who in America since 1974.


Forty-five years after its first edition, Hendin has revised and updated this book to reflect relevant discoveries in archaeology and numismatics of ancient Israel. The metallurgy of Judean coins, symbols on Hasmonean coins, the Hasmonean coin chronology, Herodian mints, irregular issues, the Jewish War, and coin denominations are only a few of the topics that Hendin has updated.

New to the sixth edition is numismatic information about the Kingdom of Adiabene, the Ituraean Kingdom, the Roman Governors of Syria, and coins with images of Old Testament stories.

Many hundreds of new and improved graphics help illuminate the text. The photo plates have been expanded dramatically as have the images in the catalog and text. Includes a complete concordance between previous editions of GBC as well as other key references, elaborate end notes, an expanded bibliography, a full index, and an index of Latin inscriptions on the Judaea Capta coins.


"A Half a Century of Studying Biblical Coins", by David Hendin, The Ancient Near East Today 9.11 (The American Society of Overseas Research)

"A Conversation with David Hendin", the Planchet podcast of the American Numismatic Society

Winner of the 2022 Shekel Prize



CHAPTER ONE: Biblical Coins
CHAPTER TWO: Scale Weights to Coinage
CHAPTER THREE: Persian Period: Philistia
CHAPTER FOUR: Persian Period: Samaria and Judea
CHAPTER FIVE: Ptolemaic and Seleucid Coins
CHAPTER SIX: Hasmonean Dynasty
CHAPTER SEVEN: Herodian Dynasty
CHAPTER EIGHT: The Roman Governors of Judaea
CHAPTER NINE: The Jewish War
CHAPTER TEN: Bar Kokhba Revolt
CHAPTER ELEVEN: Judaea and Rome
CHAPTER TWELVE: New Testament Coins

APPENDIX A. Alphabets and Numeric Equivalents
APPENDIX B. Metrological Chart for Jewish Bronze Coins
APPENDIX C. Index of Latin Legends