From the start of around 600 BC, the entire Greek city-states started to make its own types of Ancient Greek Coin. A lot of the coins which are available in ancient Greece were made of silver.
They were made by simply taking a tiny little lump of silver and then putting the lump on an iron mold and then striking this mold using a hammer which had a different kind of mold in it. this way a picture could be squashed into both of the sides at the similar time.
The different city-states had different coin pictures. The Athenians had a picture of the owl of Athena on the coin. The ones from Corinth had the picture of Pegasus, the flying horse. The monetary system for them was similar to the one we had today.
Some Ancient Greek Coin meant more in value than the others. The coin with the smaller value was called an obol and usually, those laborers who dug ditches or unloaded boats would get around two to three obols a day.
Ancient Greek Coin
All of the designs which were there on the ancient Greek coins would vary a tiny little bit from year to year. This helped numismatists make an assumption of the year on which a coin was made.
After they had been contoured by the Romans they stopped making ancient Greek coins. Every Greek city-state would actually make their own silver coins and hence these coins would look different from the others. This way you could tell which city-state the ancient Greek coins came from.
The Ancient Greek Coin actually had three periods. The Archaic period, the Classical period and also the Hellenistic period. The very first coins were issued in the Archaic period which was before 600 BC. Then came the classical period where the coins where a high level of technology, as well as aesthetic quality, was reached. Large cities had started to produce a huge amount of gold as well as silver coins.
Finally came the Hellenistic period where the Greek culture had started to spread throughout the rest of the world. Various Greek-speaking kingdoms also started to be established in places like Egypt, Syria and so on. Since the kingdoms were actually a lot wealthier, the coins were also being produced in mass orders. But then these ancient Greek coin didn’t have the aesthetics of the previous age.