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Offline Pellinore

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My smallest coin, from Erythrai, proud of its millstones
« on: September 29, 2017, 11:43:42 AM »
Maybe an unusual way to present a coin, but it shows clearly the pinpoint-like tininess and clear detail of my smallest coin, noted as a silver 1/96 stater or tetartemorion (that would be 1/4 of an obol, but I might be erring). It is from Erythrai (though some think it might be Miletos, which is 100 km to the south). Erythrai (or Erythrae) was always a small polis, at the Anatolian coast opposite the island Chios. It dates from 520-480 BC, before the city joined the Delian League, with Athens and against the Peloponnesos under Sparta.

The obverse of this silver coin shows a whirl, the reverse a rosette. A whirlpool, naturally, was an interesting subject for seafaring folks like the Greeks. But the city of Erythrai apparently was famous for its millstones, so this might be a depiction of a product of which it was proud.

The diameter is 4 mm, the weight .12 gr.

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Re: My smallest coin, from Erythrai, proud of its millstones
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2017, 05:26:26 PM »
Cute little button !

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Re: My smallest coin, from Erythrai, proud of its millstones
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2017, 06:23:06 PM »
Lovely. Be careful where you put it! :D

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Re: My smallest coin, from Erythrai, proud of its millstones
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2017, 08:33:03 PM »
That is almost twice as big as my recent small coin  :o

Ionia, Kolophon: Anonymous (ca. 530-500 BCE) AR Twelfth Stater (Kim & Kroll p. 73; SNG Kayhan 342; SNG von Aulock 1808–9; SNG Berry 1039)

Obv: Archaic head left
Rev: Rough incuse square
Wgt: 0.75 g
Size: 7mm


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Re: My smallest coin, from Erythrai, proud of its millstones
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2017, 12:02:20 AM »
That is almost twice as big as my recent small coin  :o

Ionia, Kolophon: Anonymous (ca. 530-500 BCE) AR Twelfth Stater (Kim & Kroll p. 73; SNG Kayhan 342; SNG von Aulock 1808–9; SNG Berry 1039)

Obv: Archaic head left
Rev: Rough incuse square
Wgt: 0.75 g
Size: 7mm


No, your single coin buys eight of mine: 1/12 stater is 8 times 1/96 stater. Hard to imagine!

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Re: My smallest coin, from Erythrai, proud of its millstones
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2017, 03:59:52 PM »
Wow! Super coin.

I have always been fascinated that:
1) People were actually able to use these every day as money without losing them
2) When they were lost, that anyone was ever able to find them again! At this size, I don't think I would be able to sort them from small pebbles in the dirt.

Nice pick-up.

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Re: My smallest coin, from Erythrai, proud of its millstones
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2017, 12:20:26 PM »
It's a little beauty!  8)
Could it be a hemi-tetartemorion?
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Re: My smallest coin, from Erythrai, proud of its millstones
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2017, 12:52:31 AM »
Could be. But what about the weight standards?
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Re: My smallest coin, from Erythrai, proud of its millstones
« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2017, 12:04:28 PM »
According to this site https://www.convert-me.com/en/convert/history_weight/graehemitetartemorion.html?u=graehemitetartemorion&v=1 it should be 0.1313g
But it does say that each city state may have had its own standard. :-\
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