What was the silver content of these coins?

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by edteach, Sep 29, 2023.

  1. edteach

    edteach Well-Known Member

    Just wondering what the silver content was of these coins.
    Seleucia & Pieria, Antioch, Gordian III 238-244, Billon Tetradrachm
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  3. The Meat man

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    According to Kenneth Harl in his book Coinage in the Roman Economy, the Syrian tetradrachm was 35-36% silver at the start of Gordian III's reign and dropped to around 25% by the year 240.*

    At an average coin weight of 12.5 grams, this means the actual silver weight would have started around 4.4 grams and then dropped to just over 3 grams.

    *p. 137, table 6.3
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