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Journal of the General Union of Arab Archaeologists

Journal of the General Union of Arab Archaeologists

Abstract

This article tackles studying and publishing three coins for the first time; two Roman and a single Byzantine, from the 2015 excavation of the Spanish Expedition in El-Bahnasa (ex. Oxyrhynchus) in Minya Governorate, Middle Egypt.

These three pieces carry the numbers: N.1173, N.1174 and N. 1175, and are preserved now in the Museum journal in El-Bahnasa, Hall 8. They could be respectively dated from approximately the 4th century A.D. for the first two coins, unearthed in the site of High Necropolis, and from amidst 7th century A.D., i.e. Late Byzantine till the dawn of the Arab Conquest in 642 AD, for the third piece found in the Osirion Site.

The main importance of these coins is not only in spotting light upon some types, and local coinage-industry in Roman and Byzantine Egypt, and their relations to the Alexandrian Mint during that era, but also in clarifying the economic role of Egypt as a Roman Province, and different faces of coinage industry, either produced in Alexandria or being struck in some local mints in other territories throughout Egypt.

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