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This book examines the common assumption that coins were produced in classical Greece to serve as symbols of the political sovereignty of the state, much like flags of modern nations. Since the beginning of modern numismatics studies, scholars have used this assumption to establish the chronology of numerous Greek coinages and, in turn, to make hypotheses about important historical events, especially the intervention in Greek affairs of Philip II, Alexander the Great, and their early successors.

The author challenges the standard opinion , refuting the notion that a conquered state automatically lost its "right of coinage" and establishing that the minting of classical Greek coinage was primarily motivated by economic concerns.



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Princeton University Press


Princeton, New Jersey


Greek coinage; right to coinage; numismatics; Classical Greece; Thessaly


Ancient History, Greek and Roman through Late Antiquity | Classical Archaeology and Art History | Classics

Sovereignty and Coinage in Classical Greece



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