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Research and reference => Numismatics => Topic started by: cavaros on October 27, 2011, 01:49:08 PM

Title: Lead coins in ancient Greece and Rome
Post by: cavaros on October 27, 2011, 01:49:08 PM
Does anyone have any information about the production of lead coins in the ancient world (Greek or Roman)? I mean pure lead coins (99.1%), not as part of alloys.
Title: Re: Lead coins in ancient Greece and Rome
Post by: Abhay on October 27, 2011, 04:51:55 PM
In India, Ananda Dynasty issued some Lead Coins.

See this post for more details:

http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,5607.0.html

Abhay
Title: Re: Lead coins in ancient Greece and Rome
Post by: cavaros on October 27, 2011, 05:14:44 PM
Thank you. What is the approximate date for those coins?
Title: Re: Lead coins in ancient Greece and Rome
Post by: Abhay on October 27, 2011, 05:24:34 PM
These coins are from the period of about 30 BC to 70 AD. (Ref: This link: http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?topic=1824.0)

Abhay
Title: Re: Lead coins in ancient Greece and Rome
Post by: cavaros on October 27, 2011, 06:48:38 PM
That's very useful. Thank u very much.
Title: Re: Lead coins in ancient Greece and Rome
Post by: Figleaf on October 27, 2011, 10:46:15 PM
There is a discussion on lead Roman coins here (http://humhonors.wiki.huji.ac.il/images/Farhi.Lead_City_Coins.INJ_17.pdf) (scroll down to page 7). Roman tesserae were made of lead, but they are more like tokens.

There are lead Chinese coins (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Chinese_coinage#Crude_Lead_Coins.) made during the Southern Han dynasty, but they may be a bit late (900-971) for your purposes.

Peter
Title: Re: Lead coins in ancient Greece and Rome
Post by: Enlil on October 28, 2011, 01:58:32 AM
The Khmer kingdom had lead coins, but that is debatable as they might also be private tokens of some sort, their weight is messed up.