Valentinian Posted July 17, 2022 · Member Share Posted July 17, 2022 We have had threads on very small coins before:https://www.numisforums.com/topic/45-a-small-coin-for-a-small-forum-but-with-a-ferocious-bite/ Although Greek coins are not my main focus, I find the earliest tiny issues interesting. Here are three from one city, Kolophon in Ionia, which are dated to the "late sixth century BC" by Koray Konuk, author of SMG Turkey I, the Kayhan Collection. I am showing them because I feel I have completed a set. All have the same obverse, Archaic head left (Apollo?) and pretty much the same reverse, a quadrapartite incuse square, but the denominations are supposed to be 1/2, 1/4, and 1/8 obol. They are, left to right, 0.36 grams (a "Persic standard hemiobol"), 0.185 grams, and 0.08 grams. SNG Turkey I, 342 for the largest one. If the largest one really is a hemiobol, I don't know that an obol was issued. There are other designs for small coins of these weights at Kolophon, but none I have found have, even approximately, the weight of an obol. If these were intended to be different denominations, and the weights cluster in a manner suggesting they are intentionally different, I wonder how the ancients distinguished them? 13 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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