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The Monetary Systems of the Greeks and Romans$
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W. V. Harris

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199233359

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199233359.001.0001

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The Monetary Use of Weighed Bullion in Archaic Greece

The Monetary Use of Weighed Bullion in Archaic Greece

(p.12) 1 The Monetary Use of Weighed Bullion in Archaic Greece
The Monetary Systems of the Greeks and Romans

John H. Kroll

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that the inhabitants of a number of Greek cities in Asia and in Magna Graecia, and the Athenians used bullion as money both before the introduction of coinage and even afterwards. It discusses silver in Solon's laws; electrum, gold, and silver bullion in Western Asia Minor; and the silver bullion in Magna Graecia and Sicily.

Keywords:   curreny, money, ancient Greece, gold, silver, electrum, coinage

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