Long Table 77. Daily Bread: Observations on Archaic Greek Markets and Small Change

Friday, January 21, 2022
1:00 pm ET

Some of the physically smallest coins we know of, some as small as 0.10 grams, were produced around the time that electrum coins were introduced in the 7th c. BCE. Even after the general switch to silver coinage in the mid-6th c. BCE, tiny coins continued to be produced. In this Long Table, Chief Curator Peter van Alfen considers the problems these smallest coins poise for our understanding of coin production and retail trade in the Archaic Period. 

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