Ancient Coinage of the Iberian Peninsula
Villaraonga, L. & Benages, J. Ancient Coinage of the Iberian Peninsula. 2011. 802 pages, illustrations throughout. Casebound, jacket.
Many partial studies (some of great quality) on the ancient numismatics of the Iberian Peninsula have been written so far, but a general, exhaustive and scientific catalog embracing all the coins struck during this long period of history had never been published.
This work starts with the Greek issues of the 5th Century BC and, after listing the Punic, Iberian and Roman coinage, concludes with the particular issues from Barcino struck by the rebel emperor Maximus the Tyrant in the 5th century AD.
The extensive reference works by Leandre Villaronge are the basis of this book and are very well complemented by the knowledge of the expert in coinage of Tarragona, Jaume Benages. Villaronga’s files, containing over 60,000 registers put together over a lifetime, have been the starting point of this book, and the database that has allowed the listing, the descriptions, the chronological classification, the systematization of issues and the analysis of the weights and some rarities. The long and fruitful work of both authors and their international acknowledgment are a guarantee of the excellence of this survey.