Parution: Ancient Coins and the Culture of the Silk Road

Proceedings of the Symposium on Ancient Coins and the Culture of the Silk
Road, ed. by the Shanghai Museum, published by Shanghai shuhua chubanshe,
2011. [ [上海博物館編
《絲綢之路古國錢幣暨絲路文化國際學術研討會論文集》上海書畫出版社,2011.] ISBN

This international symposium took place at the Shanghai Museum in December
2006. The published papers are mostly in Chinese, with a small number in
English. An English version of the contents is given below.

1.     Silk Road Coins and Sogdian Merchants (in Chinese) – RONG Xinjiang
(in Chinese), pp.1-7.

2.     “Closure” of the discussion of a Roman city in ancient China – XU
Wenkan (in Chinese), pp. 8-14.

3.     The Kushan empire’s pantheon of gods – LIN Meicun (Peking
University) (in Chinese), pp. 15-27.

4.     Zoroastrian features in the Shanpula burial ground in Luopu county,
Xinjiang – GUO Wu (in Chinese), pp. 28-41.

5.     Han culture and types of surnames in the ancient Western Regions –
JIA Congjiang (in Chinese), pp. 42-56.

6.     Notes and records on coins and the history of the Western Regions –
WEN Guang (in Chinese), pp. 57-61.

7.     The Bactrian era of 223 CE: some numismatic considerations –
Nicholas SIMS-WILLIAMS, pp. 62-74.

8. Textiles as money on the Silk Road – Helen WANG (in Chinese), pp. 75-82.

9. The place of coins and their alternatives in the Silk Road trade –
Valerie HANSEN, pp. 83-113.

10. The place of coins and their alternatives in the Silk Road trade –
Valerie HANSEN (in Chinese), pp. 114-135.

11. Recent discoveries of ancient coins in Turfan – LI Xiao, ZHANG
Yongbing and DING Lanlan (in Chinese), pp. 136-150.

12. A brief account of the ancient coins in the collection of the Xinjiang
Museum – Yisilafeir.Yusufu and Anniwa’er Hasimu (in Chinese), pp. 151-168.

13. A study of the coins of the Ogedai khanate unearthed in Xinjiang in
the last decade – SHI Gang (in Chinese), pp. 169-198.

14. Questions relating to the silver Sasanian coins found at Pingcheng
(Northern Wei period) – ZHANG Qingjie and LIU Junxi (in Chinese), pp.

15. Some observations on Silk Road coins from Xinjiang – Stephen ALBUM (in
Chinese), p. 210.

16. On the  trilingual drachma in the Shanghai Museum collection – MA
Xiaohe (in Chinese, with abstract in English), pp. 211-238.

17. New coins of the Hephthalites along the Silk Road – Michael ALRAM, pp.

18. New numismatic evidence on the chronology of the late Indo-Greeks and
Early Kushan – Osmund BOPEARACHCHI, pp. 259-283.

19. Hamadan and Marw: two stations on the Silk Road. New evidence for
their administrative and monetary history  (3rd-7th centuries AD) – Rika
GYSELEN, pp. 284-297.

20.‘Greek-style coins’ on the Silk Road – YANG Juping (in Chinese), pp.

21. Questions relating to the circulation and use of Sasanian silver coins
in China – KANG Liushuo (in Chinese), pp. 309-323.

22. A discussion about the marks on some Sasanian coins – LI Tiesheng (in
Chinese), pp. 324-333.

23. Bilingual coins – LIU Wensuo (in Chinese), pp. 334-346.

24. A view on the Sino-Kharoshthi coins – WANG Yue (in Chinese), pp. 347-353.

25. Questions relating to the Byzantine coins found in China – CHEN
Zhiqiang (in Chinese), pp. 354-370.

26. Linking the Byzantine gold coins found in the tomb of Princess Ruru of
the Eastern Wei dynasty in Cixian, with the ‘gold coins’ recorded in
historical texts of the Northern and Southern Dynasties – LIN Ying (in
Chinese), pp. 371-377.

27. Coin inscriptions and legends relating to the ancestors of the
Qaraqhanids – HUA Tao (in Chinese), p. 378.

28. Seeing the various cultural stages in the coins of the Ilkhanids –
CHENG Tong, WU Bingbing and CHEN Ganglong (in Chinese), pp. 379-385.

29. Coins with Arabic inscriptions associated with China – SONG Xian (in
Chinese), pp. 386-387.

30.  On the Arabic gold coins found in Luoyang – a discussion of Luoyang’s
Silk Road coins and the Sui-Tang eastern capital city – HUO Hongwei (in
Chinese), pp. 388-395.

31.  A study of the Chagatai coinage – ZHOU Xiang, pp. 396-412.

32.  Three notes on Türgesh numismatics – François THIERRY, pp. 413-442.

33.  On the ‘Gaochang jili’ coins – with a discussion on Gaochang as a
cultural melting pot – WANG Yongsheng (in Chinese), pp. 443-460.

34.  A study of the Qiuci wuzhu coins – FU Weiqun (in Chinese), pp. 461-465.

35.  The Bai jin san ping coinage of Han Wudi: early influences from the
Silk Road – James T. ANDERSON, pp. 466-480.

36.  Afterword (in Chinese), p. 481.

Camille Rhoné

Agrégée d'histoire, titulaire d'une thèse de doctorat en histoire de l'Islam médiéval ("Défendre le territoire en Iran nord-oriental - Khorassan et Transoxiane -, IXe-XIe siècle"), Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

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