Ancient Greeks later (around 500 BCE) adopted a process of using two dies, one for the obverse (front) of the coin, and one for the reverse (back). Blanks were heated, softened and then placed between the two dies (one of which was struck by a hammer to press the dies’ image into the finished coin). This is a replica of a circa 400 BCE Greek Tetradrachm from the National Coin Collection.
Coins of Ancient Greece
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