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Asia Minor General / Uncertain - Region "20"

Map of ancient Asia Minor

This page is for coins that do not fit into a particular Region of Asia Minor, or perhaps fit into more than one.


Uncertain Greek
Uncertain Roman
These sections contain all of the strange coins that cannot be attributed to a particular region, and are mostly a mystery.

Achaemenid Kings of Persia
The Persian empire virtually covered the entire Asia Minor at one point in time. The King of Kings (Darius I) divided the regions into satrapies and exacted a tribute based on size and importance.

Satraps and Governors
The Persian overlords appointed Satraps (Governors) to administer their affairs in Asia Minor. The King did not trust these Satraps (rightfully so, as they constantly revolted), and would send out spies called "eye of the King" to report back.

Countermarks
In ancient times, coins circulated freely and would end up in distant locations. Countermarks were sometimes applied by local authorities to certify foreign coinage as legal currency, or to signify that it has been tested for proper silver content (similar to a test cut). At other times, it seems that countermarks were used to re-value the coin (i.e. bronze issues in times of monetary inflation), or to allow worn coins to remain in circulation.

Examples

 
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