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Jean-Philippe Fontanille is a numismatist known for his research on Judaean/Biblical coins. He is co-author of the books The Coins of Herod (2012) and The Coins of Pontius Pilate (2001). His numerous works and articles have been published in English, French and German in various magazines and numismatic reviews in the United States, Canada, France, Israel, Belgium, Germany, Norway, and New Zealand (see list below). Jean-Philippe resides in Montreal (Canada) and he also operates, the most important website ever dedicated to Judaean coins (12,000 coins classified die per die since 2002)





2013: Kindler Numismatic Prize Attributed in Tel Aviv (Israel) by the Israel Numismatic Society for the book The Coins of Herod.

2005: Harlan J. Berk Special Recognition Award Attributed in Chicago (USA) by Harlan J. Berk for the Menorah Coin Project website.

2004: Norman W. Wagner Award Attributed in Winnipeg (Canada) by the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies for the Menorah Coin Project website.

2001: John Wexler Best New Author Literary Award Attributed in Atlanta (USA) by CONECA for an article dedicated to the coins of Pontius Pilate.




2012: The Coins of Herod

"Ariel and Fontanille’s book fills a spot not yet taken: by starting with a die study of the (admittedly dreadful) bronze coins of Herod, they move their study into the realms of economy and politics of this pivotal figure. The result is a book that will have to be consulted for many, many years to come. This book is an invaluable addition to the study of the world in which Herod reigned." - Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research No. 371 (USA, Spring 2014)

"Ariel and Fontanille have done a monumental job of gathering available evidence and presenting it coherently. The Coins of Herod sheds fresh light on many aspects of the coins of Herod, including their chronology, and it is a “must have” for every numismatic and historic library that deals with the ancient Holy Land. Ariel and Fontanille’s work will be the basis for all important scholarly discussions in the future." - Biblical Archaeology Review, Vol. 38 No. 4 (USA, July 2012)

"It is too common for reviewers to express the opinion in their assessments that the work they are reviewing is “groundbreaking.” In this particular case, however, I am certain that such an opinion is entirely justified. The book The Coins of Herod will long remain essential reading for any scholar interested in the minting and coins of Herod." - Scripta Judaica Cracoviensia (POLAND, Oct 2012) & Central and Eastern European Online Library (2012)

"There are series of coins for which one can not imagine that someone would classify. The material is too large or the pieces can be poorly maintained. In the case of bronze coins Herod's true even both. And still Donald T. Ariel and Jean-Philippe Fontanille have published a die catalog of the coins of Herod - mostly bad preserved bronze coins!" - Münzen Revue Vol. 5 (GERMANY, 2013):176

“In The Coins of Herod, Ariel and Fontanille provide the most thorough analysis of Herod’s coinage to date. The book includes a die study based upon examination of 2,504 specimens. The 96 pages of carefully created plates clearly show the appearance of the dies, their linkages, and supporting data about the coin sources.” - American Journal of Numismatics 24 pp. 181-197 (USA, 2012)

"The authors tackle all aspects of the coinage of Herod and exhaustively discuss numismatic, economic, archaeological and historical questions concerning money in the kingdom of Herod (…) The book is definitely a milestone in studies on the material culture of Herod." - Israel Numismatic Research, Vol. 7 (ISRAEL, December 2012)

"An important addition to the literature of the ancient coinage of the Land of Israel." - Bulletin of the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society, Vol. 30 (UNITED KINGDOM, 2012)




2001: The Coins of Pontius Pilate





“The data on variants and the historical introduction will no doubt make it a popular book among collectors and those interested in Biblical history” - American Numismatic Society magazine (USA, spring 2002)

“A considerable depth and numerous illustrations”
- The Journal of Classical & Medieval Numismatic Society (CANADA, December 2001)

“Studies of even the most minute details of any group of related coins and their dies can be important not only to numismatists but to our understanding of history”
- The Celator (USA, January 2002)

“Collectors of ancient and Biblical coins will find this a desirable volume to have. The authors are to be congratulated for having made such an extensive study”
- The Canadian Numismatic Journal (CANADA, December 2001)










01. ISRAEL NUMISMATIC RESEARCH Vol 11 (Israel) 2016; pp. 111-118

02. KIRBET QEIYAFA VOL. 5 EXCAVATION REPORT 2007-2013 (Israel) 2016 pp. 24-33

03. THE NOR'WESTER (PNNA) Third Quarter 2016 (USA) 2016, pp. 7-9

04. ISRAEL NUMISMATIC RESEARCH Vol 10 (Israel) 2015; pp. 129-136

05. ISRAEL NUMISMATIC RESEARCH Vol 8 (Israel) 2013; pp. 55-72

06. ISRAEL NUMISMATIC RESEARCH Vol 7 (Israel) 2012; pp. 115-126

07. BOOK: THE COINS OF HEROD (with Donald T. Ariel), Brill 2012 (Click here)

08. ISRAEL NUMISMATIC RESEARCH Vol 6 (Israel) 2011; pp. 105-120

09. FASZINATION BIBEL (Germany) March-May 2011; pp. 28-29

10. ISRAEL NUMISMATIC RESEARCH Vol 5 (Israel) 2010; pp. 109-122

11. BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY REVIEW (USA) Vol 36 No. 2, March 2010; p. 16

12. THE  CELATOR  (USA)  Aug 2009; pp. 6-19

13. THE  CELATOR  (USA)  May 2009; pp. 46-50

14. ISRAEL NUMISMATIC RESEARCH Vol 3 (Israel) 2008; pp. 29-44

15. ISRAEL NUMISMATIC RESEARCH Vol 3 (Israel) 2008; pp. 45-49

16. THE  CELATOR  (USA)  December 2008; pp. 46-50

17. LES CAHIERS NUMISMATIQUES (France) June 2008; pp. 13-18

18. ISRAEL NUMISMATIC RESEARCH Vol 2 (Israel) 2007; pp. 89-91

19. THE  CELATOR  (USA)  August 2007; pp. 42-43

20. THE  CELATOR  (USA)  March 2007; pp. 22-41

21. THE  CELATOR  (USA)  February 2007; pp. 41-42 & 46

22. JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF CANADA (Canada) Vol. 101 No. 1 (Feb. 2007); pp. 11-13

23. ISRAEL NUMISMATIC RESEARCH Vol 1 (Israel) 2006; pp. 73-86

24. NUMISMATIST (USA) September 2006; pp. 50-55

25. ANA JOURNAL (USA) August 2006, pp. 8-32

26. DIE  MÜNZEN  DER  HASMONÄER (Germany, Academic Press Fribourg) 2005; pp. 38-41

27. LES CAHIERS NUMISMATIQUES (France) September 2005; pp. 3-11

28. THE  CELATOR  (USA)  February 2005; pp. 6-17

29. THE  CELATOR  (USA)  February 2005; pp. 18-25

30. THE  CELATOR  (USA)  November 2004; pp. 40-41

31. THE  CELATOR  (USA)  June 2004; pp. 40-41

32. THE  CELATOR  (USA)  May 2003; pp. 34-39

33. LES DOSSIERS D'ARCHÉOLOGIE  (France) January 2003; pp. 79


35. THE  CELATOR  (USA)  Jan 2002; pp. 34-35

36. BOOK: THE COINS OF PONTIUS PILATE (with Sheldon L. Gosline), Shangri-La 2001 (Click here)

37. THE  CANADIAN  NUMISMATIC  JOURNAL  (Canada)  Dec 2001; pp. 490-491

38. NUMISMATIC  JOURNAL  (New Zealand)  Dec 2001; pp. 15-24


40. NUMISMATIQUE  ET  CHANGE  (France)  Nov 2001; pp. 25-28

41. BULLETIN  DU  CERCLE  D'ETUDES  NUMISMATIQUES  (Belgium)  Sep 2001; pp. 125-138

42. LE  NUMISMATE  (Canada)  Sep 2001; pp. 78-82


44. THE  MAINE  JOURNAL  OF  ANTIQUES  (USA)  Jun 2001; pp. 1-18

45. BULLETIN  DU  CERCLE  D'ETUDES  NUMISMATIQUES  (Belgium)  May 2001; pp. 97-116

46. ERRORSCOPE  (USA)  May 2001; pp. 18-21


48. NUMISMA  ASLOIA  (Norway)  Feb 2001; pp. 15-30