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Gold And Silver: Prolegomena

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Exchange is a common feature of human societies. In the archaic period, in the Greek world and some non-Greek states in Asia Minor, a specific type of money spread, coinage. Silver was the coinage metal par excellence in the Greek world, particularly after the middle of the sixth century. Gold, on the other hand, was particularly important in the archaic period as the main constituent metal of electrum and continued to be used in some parts of the Greek world in the classical period. The study of both commodities, as that of most commodities, suffers from a lack of adequate evidence and to some extent a lack of interest within modern scholarship.

Keywords: archaic period; gold; Greek world; metal coinage; silver

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