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Peloponnesus, Elis, Olympia, Contemporary Forgery of a Drachm

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Peloponnesus, Elis, Olympia, Contemporary Forgery of a Drachm (obverse) Peloponnesus, Elis, Olympia, Contemporary Forgery of a Drachm (reverse)

The city of Olympia, one of the most important religious centers of the Ancient World, had rigid currency regulations. Whoever came here be it as participant of the Olympic games or as spectator, be it as visitor of the Olympic market, or as pilgrim to one of the big sanctuaries had to exchange his money into the currency of Olympia.

There were forgeries in circulation already at that time, however. This coin gives evidence it has a copper core, only its surface is mantled with silver. Since the coins minted for the Olympic games were special and rare issues, it was difficult for consumers to recognize forgeries.

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