Document Type

Research Paper

Publication Date

Spring 1-16-2014


A study of four coins from 620 to 680 AD provides a meager yet insightful glimpse into the coinage minted by Islamic rulers during their conquest over the Holy Land and the transition of rule from the Byzantine Empire to the Islamic Caliphate. With the help of an innovative technology called Reflective Transference Image (RTI), on loan from USC, I created high-resolution images that can be adjusted with respect to light and reflectivity. Creating RTI images of the coins administers a deeper alternate perspective giving light to aspects of the coin that cannot be seen by the naked eye. Using the RTI technology alongside research of the coins’ historical context verifies that the coins not only serve an economical purpose but also have a strategic political, social and religious agenda.


Faculty adviser, Dr. Ronald R. Cox.

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