Coinage in the Greek World

Coinage in the Greek World

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A survey of the development and use of coinage in the Greek world from its introduction in the 7th century BC to the late Hellenistic period. Coins can illuminate many facets of history and the focus here is on the reasons why they were put into circulation and how they were used. An opening chapter introduces the study of Greek coins, outlining the development of modern methods of research. This is followed by chapters discussing the invention of coinage and its spread to all parts of the Greek world. Coinage production and design and the role of coins in the life of the people are discussed, followed by chapters on the Classical period, Alexander the Great and the late Hellenistic world. All those interested in the ancient world as well as students and coin collectors should find this book useful.