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Gold And Silver: Concluding Remarks

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The exporters of gold and silver illuminate how the geopolitical distribution of silver and silver resources influenced the development of coinage in the Greek world. The choice of silver, as against gold or electrum, by the majority of the Greek poleis is consistent with the geographical distribution of resources. The gold resources belonging to the polis part of the Greek World was less productive and most of them were in regions dominated by silver mines, such as the Pangaion and Siphnos. For the majority of gold/electrum coinages of Asia Minor, trade was probably the most practical and favoured means of acquisition, since regularity of issue implies some regularity of supply.

Keywords: Athenian silver; electrum; gold resources



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