Babylonian Tablet Mentioning Coin Payments

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 13 October 2016

This tablet records the exact coins required for transaction in Babylon. Because coins could circulate for many years, freshly minted coins were less worn and had a better silver weight. The tablet specifies the "staters of Seleucus with the elephant", suggesting that these are the type of coins needed for the payment. Examples of these coins can be seen here:

http://www.ancient.eu/image/5872/
http://www.ancient.eu/image/5871/

From Babylon, about 312-261 BCE. (The British Museum, London).



About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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