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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Anatolia| > |Ionia| > |Archaic Electrum| > SH99220
Ionia, c. 600 - 550 B.C., Scarab Type
|Archaic| |Electrum|, |Ionia,| |c.| |600| |-| |550| |B.C.,| |Scarab| |Type|, Electrum is an alloy of gold and silver, both naturally occurring and man-made. The earliest Greek reference to electrum is in Sophocles' tragedy Antigone where Indian gold and electrum from Sardis are identified as objects of the highest value. This electrum was almost certainly the native alloy found in rivers in Asia Minor, particularly the river Pactolus. Pliny states that electrum contains a fifth part silver (80% gold).
SH99220. Electrum Hekte (1/6 Stater), Apparently unpublished denomination for this type; cf. SNG Kayhan 673 (trite); SNGvA 7762 (trite); Weidauer -; Traité -, VF, light scratches and marks, uncertain Ionian mint, weight 2.305g, maximum diameter 10.4mm, die axis 0o, c. 650 - 600 B.C.; obverse carapace of scarab beetle; reverse two square incuse punches with striations; ex Roma Numismatics e-sale 59 (11 Jul 2019), lot 224; from a private Swiss collection; four other specimens of this hekte type are known to FORVM from sales listings and auctions; extremely rare as hekte; SOLD











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