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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  1. Ionia El Hecte NGC Choice Extremely Fine Star 5x5 Fine Style
    This must be one of the earliest front facing portraits on a coin ever produced. From nearly 2,500 years ago the head of Greek mythological Heracles—divine hero in Greek mythology. Very interesting piece of history from the dawn of money. Learn More
    $3,225.00
  2. Mysia Winged Boar Electrum Stater NGC Fine 4x4
    The first coinage in human history was struck from electrum, a naturallly occurring mixture of gold and silver. This large, electrum full stater saw circulation around 2,500 years ago and remains today as testament to the earliest money ever used by humans. While designs vary, this example has a 4-way punch on the reverse with a winged-boar on the obverse with a tuna fish (tunny) underneath. Coin shown is the exact coin you will receive. Learn More
    $5,440.00

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