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Numismatic and History Discussions => Medieval, Islamic and Crusader Coins => Topic started by: Joe Sermarini on March 14, 2017, 07:51:54 am

Title: Jem Sultan
Post by: Joe Sermarini on March 14, 2017, 07:51:54 am
I had the opportunity to use Jem Sultan for the first time yesterday. It is a fantastic reference.

To me, coins as pieces of round metal, are not interesting.  I have to be able to understand something more about them to appreciate them.  Most Islamic coin references either assume you read Arabic or don't care what the inscriptions mean. If I have a coin that is nothing but inscriptions and I don't know what it says, I get a little crazy.  I can spend hours and hours trying to find answers and may never find them. Jem Sultan has the English translations of the inscriptions on Ottoman coins.  Before I hated Ottoman coins and never wanted to touch another one.  Now I love them. :)  

Sultan, Jem (Holberton, William). Coins of the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish Republic: A Detailed Catalogue of the Jem Sultan Collection. (Thousand Oaks, CA, 1977).

Catalog of the famous "Jem Sultan" collection of William Holberton, acquired by the American Numismatic Society in 1997. Vol. 1. Text -- vol. 2. Plates (353 plates).

The coin I attributed is here - (