A hoard presents a type of "snapshot" of part of the coins available to the hoarder at the time of burial. The data made available from coin hoards can give rise to confirmation (or, on the other hand, change) of previous attributions that may have been obtained only from isolated finds of individual coins.
The method used to attribute the Coinex hoard is particularly important since this hoard was deposited shortly after a major reform of Ptolemaic coinage. The interpretation of the Coinex data therefore gives a rare opportunity to learn not only when this monetary reform occurred but to discover how it was carried out.
Two greatly differing methods of attribution of the Coinex hoard are available. One has been previously published, the other is a corrected attribution presented in this web site. In this site the method of attribution is given stepwise for each of the two different attributions; in Parts 5 (a and b) for the corrected attribution and in Parts 6 (a and b) for the previously published attribution.
After an individual step in each method is given, the resulting attribution of that part of the hoard can be tracked in the table (left). This table also shows the reverse of a representative image (not to size) from each general group, i.e., A, B, C, D and E. It initially shows the catalogued attributions that are given for these coins. (See Part 3 to review the types of coins.)
The attributions for coins of Ptolemies II, III, and IV given in the table are for pre-reform coins. However, the hoard contained only coins valid after the monetary reform and the original dates (i.e., pre-reform dates) for these coins were changed by the reform to the unknown new date of the reform. Since the catalogue dates are for pre-reform coins, they are not applicable when there has been a reform. The best starting point for an analysis of the hoard is to assume that the dates of all the coins in this hoard are initially unknown.