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LaunchPad: Coin Production in the Ancient Greek World

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LaunchPad: Coin Production in the Ancient Greek World

Coins were made of pieces of gold, silver, or bronze, known as blanks, which were cast or cut to specific weights. To make a coin, a blank was sandwiched between a pair of dies with engraved designs. This was then struck, or hit with a hammer, the force of which impressed the designs into the coin on both sides. Because the technique was used to produce legal currency, the methods employed by mints were highly protected. This video illustrates one way that the Art Institute of Chicago’s coin depicting Alexander the Great might have been made.

This video was produced with the generous support of a Long Range Fund grant provided by the Community Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago. It was created for LaunchPad, a program of digital interpretive materials that supplement the viewing of works of art on display in the Art Institute of Chicago’s galleries.

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8 Responses to LaunchPad: Coin Production in the Ancient Greek World

  1. Silver Bear says:

    The real "secret" to coinage wasn’t the making of the coin, but the making of the die.

  2. jeff smith says:

    how were the dies made?

  3. Vince Crowe says:

    Same here. I had a video saved in my favorites about that but cannot find it 🙁

  4. Domo230 says:

    Wish I could read more about this

  5. Numero Set says:

    Neither the weight nor the shape of the coin mattered. What mattered was the insignia stamped onto the coin. Coins were created and used by the ancient ruling classes to account for their peasants compensation to them. If the actual material was the thing of value there would no reason for the rulers to issue the coins into circulation where they might get lost, stolen or re-purposed. The single purpose of the coin was to be issued by the King to his privileged class who would then exchange them with the peasants after the peasant did work for them. Then the peasants would return the coins to the King as proof of compensation. Then the King would reissue the coins back to his privileged class to repeat the process.

  6. παλιές συλλογές says:

    I have 300+ 6000 Euro drachmai who wants to contact me

  7. Vince Crowe says:

    Must have been deleted. A pity indeed 🙁 I would make my own!!

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