The coin beneath the crust: A pilot study of coins from the mediterranean coast of Israel

Annemie Adriaens, Mark Dowsett, Eberhard Lehman, Yoav Farhi, Jan Gunneweg, L. Bouchenoire

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We describe the application of synchrotron X-ray diffraction and neutron micro-tomography to three ancient bronze coins from the Mediterranean coast of Israel. Key questions are whether neutron tomography can contribute to the reading of features on corroded coins by allowing the corrosion crust to be stripped away in cyber-space using surface and volume rendering techniques, and to what extent this type of non-destructive measurement can inform possible conservation action. In addition, the X-ray diffraction experiments allow the main composition of the varicolored surface corrosion to be deduced. We show that both X-ray and neutron data are of considerable help to numismatic study of the coins.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHolistic Qumran
Subtitle of host publicationTrans-Disciplinary Research of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls
EditorsAnnemie Adriaens, Jan Gunneweg, Joris Dik
PublisherBrill Academic Publishers
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9789004181526
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameStudies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah
ISSN (Print)0169-9962


  • Coins
  • Corrosion
  • Legibility
  • Mediterranean coast of Israel
  • Neutron tomography
  • Numismatics
  • Synchrotron radiation X-ray diffraction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Language and Linguistics
  • History
  • Religious studies
  • Linguistics and Language


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