[I am posting to this list in the hopes that those that specialize in Celtic
and Medieval Britain would be interested in volunteering to help with this
ambitious project. Obviously, those with expertise in other areas are more
than welcome to contribute]
Coin Project Expands Content. Invites Archaeologists, Academics and
Historians to Contribute.
One of the primary objectives of CoinProject.com is to provide data that is
as accurate and complete as possible. To achieve this goal, we have begun
the next phase of the project which is to include related numismatic,
historically and geographically accurate content for each region, city and
issuing authority that struck coins as well as additional related content.
Sean Breazeal, a professional cartographer and numismatist who specializes
in medieval coins has been a volunteer with CoinProject.com for a number of
years. He has kindly offered to create maps for CoinProject.com and it is
our hope that with the help of experts in the field we will be able to
correct errors which have been propagated throughout the years. As an
example, we selected two Greek cities in Cilicia to start with. With the
help of Wayne G. Sayles, a respected numismatist, author and expert on the
cities of Anazarbos and Mallos, we were able to correct a few errors that
are found on most maps of Cilicia made in the past three centuries.
In the early 18th century the historian Charles Rollin, who was not familiar
with the geography of Cilicia, misinterpreted Arrian’s description of the
march of Alexander prior to the Battle at Issos. He assumed that “Catabalo”
was the ancient city of Hierapolis-Castabalum in northeastern Cilicia. To
facilitate his view on the map of this march from Mallos through Catabalo,
he placed Mallos on a path from Magarsos to Hierapolis. In fact, Alexander
took the coastal route through Aigai and Catabalo (a different city on the
coast) to Issos and never went north along the Pyramos at all. Following the
theory of Rollin, many scholars since have simply repeated his mistake and
many maps of the campaign of Alexander today still reflect this error of
three centuries earlier. Mallos was still a viable seaport in the Middle
Ages and is mentioned as “Malo” and “Portus Pallorum” in Genoese shipping
documents. The two small islands off the coast at Karatash are called the
Isle de Malo on medieval maps.
Wayne also contributed a brief introduction to both Anazarbos and Mallos
which we have included on each city’s page. Over the next several months we
will be adding additional functionality which will allow for detailed
numismatic and bibliographic data for each Region, City and Issuing
These examples can be found here:
It is our hope that specialists will volunteer to write the brief
introductions, review the maps and contribute to building the bibliographies
in their areas of specialization. I invite all archaeologists, historians
and numismatists to volunteer.
All of our volunteer moderators are specialists in the areas they oversee.
One of the aspects of CoinProject.com that set it apart from other sites is
that our data must go through a vigorous verification process. By the time a
record has been “verified”, it has been reviewed at least twice and each
reference citation has been checked for accuracy. To date we have only
verified roughly a third of the records which have been approved (the first
and second steps of the verification process) but it is a work in progress.
We envision the biographical and bibliographic, historical and user supplied
comments to go through a similar process where moderators will be
responsible for verifying the accuracy of the data supplied and/or submitted
for inclusion to the database.
Alfredo De La Fé
CoinProject - Founder and Executive Director
Journal of Ancient Numismatics - Publisher/Editor