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Why did the ancient Greek polis originally need coins? This question, so simple to pose and so difficult to answer, leads to more specific queries such as what practical purposes coins served in the polis and what messages they communicated either explicitly through their types and legends or implicitly by their very creation as products of the political community of the polis.


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Originally published in Historia: Zeitschrift für Alte Geschichte, Bd. 45, H. 3 (1996), pp. 257-283