Ancient Greek Silver Staters

From the 8th century BC onwards, the ancient Greek silver stater was a coin used extensively throughout the Greek world, proving as popular as the silver drachma and Athenian tetradrachm. The weight of the stater depended on which city-state had produced it, and each was stamped with the patron god and emblem of its republic. Coins from Corinth, for instance, showed Pegasus, whilst those from Boeotia showed the Boeotian shield. The inclusion of a gold stater in ancient Greek coinage was popularised by the Macedonian rulers, such as Alexander the Great.

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