Ancient Greek World, Electrum coins of the 7th century BC

Electrum coins of the 7th century BC ©Bundesbank
In the developmental sequence ranging from non-pictorial coins to those displaying images on both sides, this coin is still quite close to the starting point. Coins minted with a pattern of strokes point to the emergence of a more or less regular structure from what were initially unorganised lines.

By the addition of a single bar, which crosses the parallel lines almost at a right angle, this item marks a clear step forward towards a more complex pictorial design. 1.17 g, AV 67.13%, AR 31.82%, Cu 0.95% (median values of four RFA measurements)

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