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Home > Catalog > Greek Coins > Geographic - All Periods > Anatolia > Ionia > Archaic Electrum > SH84473
Ionia, c. 650 - 600 B.C., Striated Type
Mankind's first coin type with an obverse and reverse! Rare and important. The earliest dated coin hoard was deposited in the foundation of the Artemision, the temple of Artemis at Ephesos, as an offering during construction, c. 600 B.C. These earliest coins, which included this type, were struck from electrum, a natural alloy of gold and silver found as nuggets in the rivers and streams of Lydia and Ionia. This striated type is the first type to have an obverse design in addition to the reverse punch. Because of its simple obverse design, it is described by some authorities as the first true coin.
SH84473. Electrum hemihekte, 1/12 stater, Lydo-Milesian standard; Weidauer 9, Traité I 13, SNGvA 7766, SNG Kayhan 681; Rosen 268; Elektron II 13, Karwiese Artemision Type I.6, EF, some wear to reverse punch, Ionia, uncertain mint, weight 1.078g, maximum diameter 6.6mm, c. 650 - 600 B.C.; obverse flattened striated surface; reverse square incuse punch; rare and important; SOLD










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