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Coins appeared in the Greek-speaking world approximately in the 7th century BCE in Asia Minor Turkey’s Aegean coast). Coins were originally struck from silver or electrum, and later gold and copper coins were also produced. The masters who worked at the mints were highly respected, and there were important officials charged with the responsibility of overseeing the minting system. One of the most significant types of coins produced was the stater, the oldest type of coin, which had various weights according to the different geographical areas where they were produced. So, for example, a Greek stater inspired by Persia was made with 12 parts of gold to 1 part silver, a value that corresponded to 20 drachmae). Other types included the lepton (silver, 5 mm, and worth 1/10 of a drachma) and the silver drachma (40 mm, 40 g of silver), and finally the didrachm and tetradrachm. For many years datable information was missing on these coins, but later coins (in the Hellenistic era) provide not only the names of rulers but also of officials. The motifs borne on the coinage were most often deities (such as Athena), then rulers, and on the obverse there might have been animals, inscriptions, a symbol, or maybe another deity. Even Aristotle expressed an interest in the study of coins in his writings.

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Taras, Didrachm. tin coin replica

Catalog number: GCO01

Your Price: 7.00 €

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Material: Tin. Weight: g. Size: 20 mm.

Naked boy seated on horse stg. l. which he crowns with his right hand, PS retrograde below. R: Taras seated l. on dolphin, holding a pot, PS and RAS beneath. Founded in the 8th Century of Old Age, Tarentum was the only colony of Sparta. Endowed with a splendid harbor and rich hinterland, Tarentum became the most important Greek city in Southern Italy during the 5th and 4th centuries. An ancient tradition tells how the Taras, the founder of the first settlement on the site later to become known as Tarentum, was miraculously saved from shipwreck by the intervention of his father Poseidon who sent a dolphin on whose back he was carried to shore.

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Thebes, Boeotia, Stater, tin coin replica

Catalog number: GCO02

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Thebes (Boeotia), age: 379 - 371 of Old Age.

Material: Tin, Weight: g, Size: 21 mm

Boeotian shield. R: FA - ST (magistrates name) either side of amphora, corn-grain above.

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Thasos, Stater, tin coin replica

Catalog number: GCO03

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Material: Tin. Size: 20 mm. Age: 510 - 490 of Old Age.

Naked satyr in kneeling - running attitude r., carrying in his arms a struggling nymph who raises her right hand in protest. R: Quadripartite incuse square.

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Aigina, Stater, tin coin replica

Catalog number: GCO04

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Material: Tin. Size: 21 mm

OBV: Tortoise with segmented shell, A - I either side. R: Skew patterned incuse square with A - IG in two upper divisions and dolphin in lower rectangular division.

Age: 404 - 340 of Old Age.

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Itanos, Crete, Stater,tin coin replica

Catalog number: GCO05

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Material: Tin. Size: 23 mm. Age: 375 - 350 of the Old Age.

Triton r. striking downwards with trident and holding fish, ITANION behind. R: Two sea-monsters face to face.

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Syracuse, Sicily, Didrachm, tin coin replica, c. 474 - 450

Catalog number: GCO06

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Syracuse, Sicily, Didrachm, tin coin replica, c. 474 - 450

Material: Tin. Size: 20 mm

OBV: Naked rider on horse r., leading a second horse on his far side. R: SVR???S???, Diad. hd. of Artemis - Arethusa r. of archaic style, three dolphins around. Syracuse was the greatest city of ancient Sicily. Founded from Corinth in 733 of Old Age, it was the only Sicilian mint to strike Tetradrachms from the beginning of its coinage in about 515 of Old Age. The patron Goddess of Syracuse, Artemis-Arethusa, whose fresh water spring was on the island Ortygia, is surrounded by three or four dolphins of the salt sea of the twin harbors of Syracuse.

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