sand Posted May 24 · Member Share Posted May 24 (edited) Here's one of my favorite ancient coins, in my collection. In a sense, this is one of the first coins ever made, depending on how you define "coin". After much searching and waiting, I finally acquired this coin last year. When I acquired this coin, it was in an NGC Ancients slab. This year, I finally freed the coin from the slab. The earliest known hoard of ancient Greek coins, the "Artemision hoard", contained coins of this type, as well as other coin types : plain pieces of silver, plain pieces of electrum, plain electrum "coins" with a punch mark on 1 side (my "coin" is of this type), electrum "coins" with stripes on 1 side and a punch mark on the other side, electrum coins with animals and other designs on a striped background and a punch mark on the other side, and electrum coins with animals and other designs on a plain background and a punch mark on the other side ("Coinage In The Greek World" by Carradice and Price, page 24). The Artemision hoard is important, because the hoard was found among various artifacts, which allowed archeologists to date the coins to 600 BC or earlier. The Artemision hoard was found at the site of the ancient Temple Of Artemis, in the ancient Greek city of Ephesus, in what is now western Turkey. Artemis was the ancient Greek goddess of the hunt, the wilderness, wild animals, nature, vegetation, childbirth, care of children, and chastity. The final version of the Temple Of Artemis, whose construction began in 323 BC and continued for many years afterwards, was gigantic. It was 1 of the 7 Wonders Of The Ancient World. It was 450 feet long, 225 feet wide, and 60 feet high. Much larger than an American football field. This temple stood until 262 AD. However, this was only the most recent, of a series of temples built on the site. There is archeological evidence of a temple at the site, which was built in 750 BC to 700 BC. There may have been, even earlier temples, at the site. Callimachus, an ancient Greek scholar, believed that the 1st temple at the site, was built by the Amazons, the mythical society of warrior women. However, Pausanias, a later ancient Greek geographer, believed that the 1st temple at the site, was built before the Amazons. I also think it's interesting, that this coin was minted, when the 1st Temple in Jerusalem, which was said to contain the Ark Of The Covenant, still existed. The 1st Temple in Jerusalem was said to have been destroyed in 587 BC. A very good reference, for the Artemision hoard, is the paper "Excavations At Ephesus : The Archaic Artemisia" by Hogarth. This paper has photographs, and weights, of many of the coins, which were found in the Artemision hoard. I was able to find this paper, on the internet. Another good reference, is the following : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_of_Artemis If you have any early ancient Greek electrum coins, which you feel like showing, or any information about early ancient Greek electrum coins, or any information about the Temple Of Artemis, or any information about the previous temples at the site, then I would be interested to see it. Ionia EL 1/24 Stater. 650 BC To 600 BC. Uncertain Mint. SNG Kayhan 678. Hogarth 6. Diameter 6.0 mm. Weight 0.59 grams. Obverse : Plain. Reverse : Square Incuse Punch. Edited May 24 by sand 14 1 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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