Numismatics and Coins / greek coins
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.
Catalog number: GCO01
Your Price: 5.00 €Material: Tin. Weight: g. Size: 20 mm.
Catalog number: GCO02
Your Price: 5.00 €Thebes (Boeotia), age: 379 - 371 of Old Age.
Catalog number: GCO03
Your Price: 5.00 €Material: Tin. Size: 20 mm. Age: 510 - 490 of Old Age.
Catalog number: GCO04
Your Price: 5.00 €Material: Tin. Size: 21 mm
Catalog number: GCO05
Your Price: 5.00 €Material: Tin. Size: 23 mm. Age: 375 - 350 of the Old Age.
Catalog number: GCO06
Your Price: 5.00 €Syracuse, Sicily, Didrachm, tin coin replica, c. 474 - 450