The Greek historian Herodotus tells us the Lydians invented coins. Coins replaced ingots and bars because coins were easier for transport and trade. Initially, the Greeks imprinted familial coats of arms on their coins. As rulers of city-states took control of minting, symbols of animals were used on coins of the city-states. Often animal designs were determined by a particular deity for which the city-state had an affinity.
Animals were also used to identify the coins of specific regions of ancient Greece.
This Historical Collection includes five lead free pewter reproductions of ancient Greek coins showing a variety of animals.
* Tetradrachm of Ainos - Ainos was a prosperous city and trading center on a Thracian peninsula at the mouth of the Hebros River. The original coin was made between 474 and 440 BCE.
* Didrachm of Larissa - Larissa was the most important town in Thessaly. The original coin was struck between 350 and 325 BCE.
* Tetradrachm of Athens - By the fourth century BCE. Athens became the center of the Aegean world and a great cultural and political center. The original silver Tetradrachm was made between 440 and 413 BCE.
* Hemidrachm of Olympia - Olympia was the famous center of the ancient Greek Olympian games. The original silver coin was made between 271 and 191 BCE.
* Drachm of Aigina - This replica of a silver Drachm was minted between 404 and 340 BCE.
This Historical Replica Set includes five (5) double-sided Museum-Quality Replica coins! These coins are replicas and made of lead free pewter. Each coin is marked "COPY" on the reverse as required by the Hobby Protection Act. Made in the USA. Comes attached to an 5" x 7" Informational Card.
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