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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/18 from hoard of electrum coins. Obverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/18, from hoard of electrum coins. Reverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/19, from hoard of electrum coins. Obverse. Bellinger no. 16. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/19, from hoard of electrum coins. Reverse. Bellinger no. 16. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/20, from hoard of electrum coins. Obverse. Bellinger no. 12. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/20, from hoard of electrum coins. Reverse. Bellinger no. 12. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/21, from hoard of electrum coins. Obverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/21, from hoard of electrum coins. Reverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/22, from hoard of electrum coins. Obverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/22, from hoard of electrum coins. Reverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/23, from hoard of electrum coins. Obverse. Bellinger no. 6. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/23, from hoard of electrum coins. Reverse. Bellinger no. 6. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/24, from hoard of electrum coins. Obverse. Bellinger no. 4. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/24, from hoard of electrum coins. Reverse. Bellinger no. 4. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/25, from hoard of electrum coins. Obverse. Bellinger no. 26. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/25, from hoard of electrum coins. Reverse. Bellinger no. 26. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/26, from hoard of electrum coins. Obverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/26, from hoard of electrum coins. Reverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/27, from hoard of electrum coins. Obverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/27, from hoard of electrum coins. Reverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/28, from hoard of electrum coins. Obverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/28, from hoard of electrum coins. Reverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/29, from hoard of electrum coins. Obverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/29, from hoard of electrum coins. Reverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/30, from hoard of electrum coins. Obverse. Bellinger no. 17. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/30, from hoard of electrum coins. Reverse. Bellinger no. 17. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/31, from hoard of electrum coins. Obverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/31, from hoard of electrum coins. Reverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/32, from hoard of electrum coins. Obverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/32, from hoard of electrum coins. Reverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/33, from hoard of electrum coins. Obverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/33, from hoard of electrum coins. Reverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/34, from hoard of electrum coins. Obverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/34, from hoard of electrum coins. Reverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/35, from hoard of electrum coins. Obverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/35, from hoard of electrum coins. Reverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/36, from hoard of electrum coins. Obverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/36, from hoard of electrum coins. Reverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/37, from hoard of electrum coins. Obverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/37, from hoard of electrum coins. Reverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/38, from hoard of electrum coins. Obverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/38, from hoard of electrum coins. Reverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/39, from hoard of electrum coins. Obverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/39, from hoard of electrum coins. Reverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/40, from hoard of electrum coins. Obverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/40, from hoard of electrum coins. Reverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/41, from hoard of electrum coins. Obverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/41, from hoard of electrum coins. Reverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/42, from hoard of electrum coins. Obverse. Bellinger no. 9. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
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    Electrum third-stater, no. AMM 1610-49/42, from hoard of electrum coins. Reverse. Bellinger no. 9. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)

Hoard of Electrum Coins: 26 Electrum Third-Staters

Date
Ca. 610-560 BC, Lydian
Museum
Ankara, Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, 1610-49/18-42
Inventory No.
1610-49/18-42
Material
Electrum
Object Type
Coin
Coin Denomination
Third stater
Coin Mint
Sardis
Site
Gordion
Description
Twenty-six electrum coins, of one-third stater weight (Gordion inventory numbers 1078-1103). Obverse: roaring lion head facing right. Reverse: two incuse punches. Countermarks on edges of 1078 and 1079. Weight: 4.75 g; except for 1078, 1083-1085, and 1093: 4.80 g.
Comments
This hoard of 45 electrum coins from Gordion is one of the best collections of this early type of coin from a controlled archaeological context. The coins were found in a building of the Middle Phrygian citadel, Building R, in a layer of collapsed mudbrick; no container was found. The 26 third-staters, 1 sixth-stater, and 18 twelfth-staters are all of the same type, with a lion’s head facing right on the obverse and incuse punches on the reverse, similar to Nos. 17-21 from Sardis and Ephesus - one of the most common type of Lydian coin. A number of the coins share common obverse and reverse dies. This consistency is a marked contrast to the coins from the Artemision at Ephesus or to the later hoard from Old Smyrna (No. 32.1-32.2, 32.3, 32.4-32.6, 32.7-32.20), both of which included a much wider variety of coin types: the Ephesus collection included blank coins without any stamp and coins with a variety of devices and inscriptions. The coin types are slightly later than those found at the Artemision at Ephesus. The discovery of these electrum coins, which are rarely found outside the Lydian sphere of influence, at Gordion, the old Phrygian capital, emphasizes the fact that Gordion was an important regional capital under the Lydian empire; compare the quantities of Lydian and Lydianizing pottery from the site, e.g. Nos. 107-112.
Discussed
Kroll, “Coins of Sardis”
Bibliography
Young 1964, 283, fig. 13; Bellinger 1968; forthcoming study by K. Harl.
Author
NDC