AH 101 – Interpreting Ancient Coins. Class presentation available.


COIN2The dating of ancient societies and cultures relies on many factors and includes information from multiple sources. Noted art historian and author Jean Stern discussed the important role ancient coins play in this critical archeological process and explained how the dates and mint marks on Roman coins allow scientists to not only date the site and structures where they were discovered, but also help to reconstruct the trade patterns and social interactions of these ancient communities.

The presentation included coins from Mr. Stern’s extensive collection as well as slides of ancient coins from Greece, Rome, Asia Minor and other Mediterranean cultures. He highlighted and discussed the legends depicted on each coin and the coin’s unique artistic merit.

Presenter: Jean Stern

is the Executive Director of the Irvine Museum and a highly-recognized authority on California Impressionism. He has extensive experience as an author, curator, lecturer, and teacher, and has established a national reputation for the Irvine Museum through an acclaimed international series of books, exhibitions, lectures, articles and video documentaries.

Class Presentation: Interpreting Ancient Coins


Judy Strauss


Tuesday, September 29

10:00 AM – 12 Noon


Woodbridge Onken Classroom

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