Coins of the Continuum: Toward a Religious Interpretation of the Arab-Byzantine Coins

A coin featuring a standing figure in relief alongside symbols or script. The surface appears roughly textured.

Follis, Emesa, Umayyad Caliphate, 661–91. Bronze, 3.29g. Yale University Art Gallery, Gift of Murray Gell-Mann, B.S. 1948, Hon. 1959

Featuring Arabic and Greek script as well as Islamic and Christian imagery, the so-called Arab-Byzantine coins of the Umayyad Caliphate (661–750) offer a unique opportunity to consider relations between Christians and Muslims in the 7th-century Near East. Join Lizzy Hane, M.A.R. candidate, Yale Divinity School, for a hands-on exploration of the texts, symbols, and iconographies on these coins. Together we explore how coinage represents a dialogue—and a flexible space—between communities of faith. Generously sponsored by the Martin A. Ryerson Lectureship Fund.

This is a hands-on experience in the Bela Lyon Pratt Study Room for Numismatics. All attendees are required to observe art-handling and security procedures, including handwashing, checking bags, and emptying pockets. Participants must remain in the study room for the duration of the talk.

Space is very limited; meet in the Gallery lobby.