Joseph-Era Egyptian “Coins”

Daniel O. McClellan

Jim West and Jim Davila (and Tyler Williams) have comments up about a recent article from the Middle East Media Research Institute claiming Joseph-Era Egyptian coins have been discovered bearing his likeness and name. To the left you can see a photo from the article that appears to show the discovered “coins.”

As an undergrad I worked for two years gathering images and doing charts and some illustrations for an illustrated introduction to the Old Testament, so I feel like I’ve seen just about every photo ever taken of artifacts from the ancient Near East. I recognize a few of the scarabs in the photo on the left (yeah, they’re scarabs, not coins). I can’t find pictures of all of them, but I did find pictures of the two bigger ones on the bottom left and right:

The article says the Qu’ran claims there were coins in Egypt during…

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