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Ionia, 1/96 Stater

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Ionia, 1/96 Stater (obverse) Ionia, 1/96 Stater (reverse)

This tiny piece of electrum weights 0.12 grams and has a diameter of a mere 4 millimeters. It is the 96th part of a stater, the smallest known fraction of early electrum coinage. Along with whole staters we know of 1/2, 1/3, 1/6, 1/12, 1/24, 1/48 and 1/96 staters. Altogether, there existed thus seven fractions of the stater. This is not so different from modern currencies the Swiss franc, for instance, has 14 fractions, from the 1000 frank bill to the 5 rappen piece.

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