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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Geographic - All Periods| > |Anatolia| > |Ionia| > |Archaic Electrum| > SH99223
Ionia, c. 650 - 600 B.C., Plain Globular Type
|Archaic| |Electrum|, |Ionia,| |c.| |650| |-| |600| |B.C.,| |Plain| |Globular| |Type|, Mankind's first coin type! Rare and important. This is an example of the very earliest form of coinage; a type-less (blank) electrum globule, weighed to a specific standard, with a simple square punch mark on one side (two or three punch marks on larger denominations). Nine similar electrum pieces were within the famous "Artemision Find" at Ephesus in 1904.

The striations in the punch mark are the result of significant wear to the punch. The amount of wear suggests a great many of these electrum coins were produced. Of course relatively few have survived. Most of the gold they contained has undoubtedly been recycled many times in newer coins and jewelry.
SH99223. Electrum 1/24 stater, Karwiese Artemision type I.1, SNG Kayhan 678, Weidauer -, Rosen -, SNGvA -, SNG Cop -, Traité I -; Lydo-Milesian standard, VF, bumps, marks, uncertain Ionian mint, weight 0.578g, maximum diameter 6.2mm, die axis 0o, c. 650 - 600 B.C.; obverse plain globular surface; reverse incuse punch: roughly square pyramid with striated sides; SOLD




  






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