The first coins ever made were of a substance called electrum. Ancient Electrum Coinage of Cyzicus could be found occurring naturally along riversides in ancient times. Importantly, electrum contained gold and silver, with trace amounts of copper and other metals. It was bright and had such a white color to it that ancient Greeks who found it called it “white gold.” Moreover, there were several types of electrum depending on the amount of gold and the different alloys it contained. Electrum could range in color from a bright white yellow a greenish tone. Adding Cadmium, which is highly toxic, to the gold turned it to a green color. The ancient Lydians who discovered this also realized the health concerns regarding its use.
Cyzicus Electrum Choice Very Fine Stater
An example of a Cyzicus Electrum is this Ancient Cyzicus Electrum Choice Very Fine Stater. It is an amazing coin and desirable by many types of collectors. Firstly, this is the earliest depiction of a domesticated animal on human coinage that we know of. Secondly, it was struck around 2,550 years ago. Thirdly, this 17-gram electrum full stater depicts a hound running left in lifelike fashion. Finally, the dog is atop a totem animal, the tunny (tuna fish).
This Ancient Electrum Coinage of Cyzicus is an amazing piece of history. In other words, it is truly a rare artifact. It is also a collectors item. One to put away and relish. Above all, having one of the first coins ever made is of historical value.
In conclusion, starting in 650 B.C electrum coins were coins ever made. The material they use for the coins was a naturally occurring mixture of gold and silver found in and around streams and riverbeds.
If you’d like to own this amazing piece of history it is a tough item to beat. We love the value found in the earliest of all coinage: electrum. Talk to one of our Rare Coin Advisor to purchase this coin, or other like it. The coin shown is the exact coin you will receive.
Cyzicus Electrum Stater ‘Hound on Tunny’ NGC CHVF 4×4