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Early Greek Coins - Classical Greek Coins
  • Early Electron: Lydia, Kroisos,
  • Archaic Coins: Athens, Aigina, Corinth,
  • Classical Coins: Thaos, Gela, Bruttium, Naxos, Akragas, Syracusa, Rhodos
  • Early Electron Coins

    The first coins were "nuggets" of electron, a naturally occuring alloy of silver and gold, initially without much design, here a Trite from Ionia, 7th century BC
    7th century BC

    A trite from Lydia, ca. 600 BC
    Kroisos, Stater of  Lydia, ca. 560 BC, the first silver / gold currency
    Thracia Stater, ca. 500 BC

    2 geese on Eion Drachm (Silver, 4.16 g), c. 490
    a Persian dareike, almost old fashioned at the time of 375 BC

    The Archaic Trading Powers of Greece:  Aegina, Athens, Corinthos

    Aegina, a famous trade coin, the tetradarchm, 5th century BC
    The owl of Athens, a tetradrachm after 449 BC

    Corinthos, the third major trading city, first an archaic example
    second a classical example,

    The Classical Period

    Thasos, 420 BC
    Bruttium, Rhegion, ca. 435 BC
    Naxos 460 BC (reproduction)
    Naxos, Sicilia, ca. 425 BC
    Sicilia, Akragas, ca. 500 BC

    A dekadrachm of Syrakusa, signed by the artist Euianetos ca. 400 BC

    and by Eumenes and Euianetos
    and by Eumenes
    and by Kimon

    and by Eukleidas
    another unsigned tetradrachm
    one more
    Syrakusa, Agathokles, 50 Litra
    Syrakusa, Agathokles Tetradrachm

    Rhodos, 408 BC

    To the Hellenistic Kingdoms