“Coins of the Jewish Wars”
March 14, 2013
American Numismatic Society
75 Varick Street, New York, NY
Leading expert in ancient Jewish and Biblical coins David Hendin explored the numismatic material of the Hebrew peoples before, during, and shortly after the fall of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the hands of the Romans. By utilizing images of coins and currency from areas of Israel and the Near East during this time, Hendin helped illustrate how coins created during this episode in history deeply reflected the evolution of the Jewish peoples during these wars, and were used as a unifying element, as well as currency, among the war-torn peoples. He showed the audience how iconographic choices of those who created these numismatic materials were carefully selected and distributed by the communities to disseminate information and a feeling of Hebrew unity during this troubling time, while also interrelating them with their Roman counterparts.
Reception & Private Viewing of the Christie’s Antiquity Preview
December 4, 2012
at the auction house’s headquarters in New York City
On Tuesday, December 4, 2012, American Friends of the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem hosted a reception and private viewing of the Christie’s Antiquity Preview at the auction house’s headquarters in New York City. After being welcomed by Director of the BLMJ, Amanda Weiss, guests enjoyed light fare and wine and were treated to an informative and engaging tour led by G. Max Bernheimer, the Senior Vice President and International Head of Antiquities for Christie’s. The galleries were stunning, filled with superb ancient sculptures, bronzes, marbles, pottery, and rare jewelry from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, and the Near East. These wonderfully curated gallery spaces were an ideal backdrop for this American Friends event, where patrons and their guests enjoyed antiquities from the Bible Lands in a unique New York setting.