The Planchet Episode 8 – Money and Power in Hellenistic Bactria

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) has released Episode 8 of its new-for-2020 podcast, The Planchet. The episode is titled Money and Power in Hellenistic Bactria and is a 55-minute long episode hosted by Simon Glenn, Digital Curator of the early modern collections of the Ashmolean Museum.

The eighth episode of The Planchet features an interview with Dr. Simon Glenn of the Ashmolean Museum. We discuss Glenn’s new book published by the American Numismatic Society, Money and Power in Hellenistic Bactria (Numismatic Studies 40), learning where Bactria was located, who lived there (and when), the history of Hellenistic coins minted in the region and how they changed over time, why we know so little about ancient Bactria and its people, and how the pandemic and modern warfare have largely prevented additional archaeological excavation to answer these questions.

Purchase a copy of Money and Power in Hellenistic Bactria here (for US readers) and here (for readers outside the US).

Follow these links for examples of the coins mentioned in this episode:

Diodotus stater
Demetrius tetradrachm
Eucratides 20 stater
Antimachus tetradrachm
Agathocles uncertain denomination

Episode 8 of The Planchet Podcast

Currently, the ANS produces an up-to one-hour long podcast each month. There will also be occasional special episodes focused on ANS news and information.

To sign up to receive this new podcast, open up your favorite podcast app and search for “The Planchet”. You can also listen to it via a web player on the ANS site. On the site, you can also listen to previous episodes of the podcast or you can get them through your favorite podcasting app on Android and iOS.

If you are looking for other coin collecting related podcasts, check out this Mail Bag post outlining some of the ones that I listen to here at

If you are interested in becoming a member of the ANS, you can check out the details here

Editors Note: Clinton is a member of the American Numismatic Society.

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