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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.
hekte, 1/6 stater
, Milesian standard
I 12, SNGvA
1769, SNG Kayhan
680, Karwiese Artemision
I.6, SNG Fitzwilliam
-, VF, light marks, earthen deposits, Ionia
, uncertain mint, weight
2.293g, maximum diameter
10.2mm, c. 650 - 600 B.C.; obverse
flattened striated surface; reverse
two rough approximately square incuse
punches; rare and important
Catalog current as of Saturday, May 25, 2019.
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