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Title: Power-Policy Numismatics and Demetrius I of Bactria's Minting System
Author(s): JOSEPH, Frances A.M.
Journal: Ancient West & East
Volume: 17    Date: 2018   
Pages: 187-201
DOI: 10.2143/AWE.17.0.3284894

Abstract :
Power-policy numismatics is a new methodology, by which I use Graeco-Bactrian coins as evidence for political power. Based on international relations theory, I have established criteria for political power in the ancient world. The most important criterion is administrative sophistication. Focusing on Demetrius I of Bactria, I analyse his coins to assess his minting organisation. This gives insight into the policies enacted to ensure consistent, efficient coin production. Based on control marks and individual die-engravers, I develop a picture of his minting administration that is centralised, complex and streamlined. This provides evidence of political power, and helps explain why he was successful in conquering and maintaining vast territories.

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