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Ionian Electrum Coins

Most experts agree that the appearance of the first coins were in the Ioinan and Lydian regions of Asia Minor, or present-day Turkey.

The first Ionian coinage employed a "Ripple" design and was cast around 650-600 BC using a naturally occurring mixture of gold and silver called electrum. Electrum was most often encountered in or around creeks and riverbeds. Eventually the basic designs progressed into more elaborate imagery depicting animals, humans, and intricate geometric depictions.





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  • Ionia Electrum 1/24 Stater NGC Choice About Uncirculated 5x5

    Ionia, Uncertain Mint, 600-550 BC This tiny 1/24th stater is struck of electrum and dates back around 2,600 years. The obverse has a lion head facing right and an intricate incuse punch can be seen on the back. It is a very high grade for a coin that is so old. This is the only one of this design we have handled. Learn More
    $2,958.00

  • Ionia Aktaion Electrum 1/6 Stater NGC Extremely Fine

    Aktaion was a hero in ancient Greek mythology, similar to Achilles.

    Aktaion is pictured on this 2,400 year old electrum 1/6th stater with a lifelike portrait and flowing hair.

    The reverse depicts a gorgon, the dreaded creature of ancient mythology.

    This remarkable electrum 1/6th stater was struck over 2,400 years ago in Mytilene, a city on the ancient island of Lesbos.

    The artwork on these ancient staters demonstrates miniature engraving at its finest. We have never offered such a great variety of these coins, and certainly not at these prices. Supplies very limited. Learn More

    Regular Price: $1,350.00

    Special Price $1,249.00

  • Electrum 1/24th Stater NGC Choice Extremely Fine 5x4

    This exact coin is referenced in the book, Electrum, and the Invention of Coinage--listed as plate coin # 1093. Attractive, high grade and relatively tiny, this 1/24th electrum stater is one of only a handful known to exist in any condition. The obverse features a lion Head. Learn More
    $1,700.00

  • Ionia Electrum 1/3 Stater NGC About Uncirculated 5x4

    What you see here is an example of some of the first coinage ever issued in the history of mankind. This third stater, or trite, was struck nearly 2,650 years ago using electrum, a mixture of gold and silver. It is a very archaic design with either pellets, or cloud-like images on the surface of the coin. The reverse shows an incuse punch. These extremely rare coins were issued in and around modern-day Turkey and this example is graded very high. Learn More
    $8,160.00

  • Ionia Electrum 1/3 Stater NGC Extremely Fine 5x5

    What you see here is an example of some of the first coinage ever issued in the history of mankind. This third stater, or trite, was struck nearly 2,650 years ago using electrum, a mixture of gold and silver. It is a very archaic design with either pellets, or cloud-like images on the surface of the coin. The reverse shows an incuse punch. These extremely rare coins were issued in and around modern-day Turkey and this example is a great value for the price. Learn More
    $6,800.00

  • Ionia Electrum 1/6th Stater NGC Mint State 5x4

    This is a remarkable coin struck around 500 B.C. that has been preserved in mint state condition. The obverse depicts a Corinthian soldier in lifelike form, and the coin itself has been preserved as if it were struck yesterday. Electrum coinage in such a high grade is highly desirable and very rare. Learn More

    Regular Price: $4,420.00

    Special Price $4,250.00

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