Greek/Celtic-Thrace; Istros (or possibly Moesia)

AE “arrowhead money” 49.7 mm, 4.03 g, circa 550 BCE

According to Hendin, “It is quite possible that arrowheads had a standard barter value just before, and even overlapping, the time of the introduction of the first coinage. According to professional numismatist Jon Kern ‘these symbolic bronzes are examples of a transition into a true bronze money.’”

Ex: Amphora/Hendin

Acquisition: 2005