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Top: Edgar reigned between 959 and 975 AD. Courtesy of British Museum London

Silver, Stater Denarius, Silver Tetradrachm, Brass Sestertius

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Mytilene was the capital of the island of Lesbos. It was one of the mints that struck electrum coins for a very long time. This hecte from Mytilene is made of electrum. It was minted around 500 BC, the time of the Ionian revolt (500-493 BC), which was crushed by the Persian King Darius I.


Decadrachm and Tetradrachm
Charles I
Silver Stater
Henry VIII

The Image of General Hanibal Barca, from both sides of the coins used in Carthage during his lifetime.


The elephant is on one side and he is on the other side. Carthage was founded (traditionally by Dido) from Tyre in the 9th cent. B.C. The city-state built up trade and in the 6th and 5th cent. B.C. began to acquire dominance in the W Mediterranean. Merchants and explorers established a wide net of trade that brought great wealth to Carthage.


The state was tightly controlled by an aristocracy of nobles and wealthy merchants. Although a council and a popular assembly existed, these soon lost power to oligarchical institutions, and actual power was in the hands of the judges and two elected magistrates (suffetes). There was also a small but powerful senate.



General Barca Coin











Maues, Azilises,Azes, Canute, Offa, Alfred


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Top: Maues, Silver Tetradrachm, minted at Taxila (what is now northern Pakistan). Maues was an Indo-Scythian king in the early 1st century BCE. Zeus holds a sceptre on the obverse, with Greek legends declaring Maues King of Kings.




Azilises, Silver Tetradrachm, minted at Taxila. Azilises was king of the Indo-Scythians in the mid 1st century BCE. An Indian goddess is flanked by two elephants, surrounded by Kharoshthi legend declaring Azilises king of kings.




Top: Azes, Silver Tetradrachm, This coin of the Indo-Scythian king Azes second half of the 1st century BCE. Depicts Zeus wielding a thunderbolt surrounded by Kharoshthi.


King Canute

Top: Canute (Reigned 1016-1035 AD). Courtesy of British Museum, London.




Top: Offa (Reigned 757-796 AD.). Courtesy of British Museum, London.




Top:  Alfred (Reigned 871-899 AD.). Courtesy of British Museum, London.