Follis of Mu’awiya, Scythopolis, A.D. 660–80. Bronze. Gift of Murray Gell-Mann, B.S. 1948, Hon. 1959, 2016.30.6

March 4, 2019

Arab-Byzantine Coins

Now on view in the Bela Lyon Pratt Gallery is a selection of Arab-Byzantine coins, part of an extraordinary collection given to the Gallery in 2016 by Nobel Laureate and Yale alumnus Murray Gell-Mann, B.S. 1948, Hon. 1959. Since historical documentation of the early Islamic period is scarce, coins offer valuable insight into the economic, political, social, and religious aspects of ancient life during the rise of Islam and its spread throughout Byzantium and the Near East during the seventh century A.D.