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Image of Ancient Greek Silver Coin (Dekadrachm), about 400 B.C.E.
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Ancient Greek Silver Coin (Dekadrachm), about 400 B.C.E.


This is the obverse of this coin. Although the other side contains a portrait, which became the typical convention for the obverse in later years, here we see an example before that tradition was adopted.


The crack marks and irregularity along the edge of this coin tell an interesting story about the methods used to make it. It is likely that a silver blank was heated to soften the metal before the design was stamped, and that the blank cooled quickly as the coin was being made and the force of the stamping on a cool metal caused this cracking.


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