Some unsuspected numerical sequences on Greek coins

Federico de Luca


What did the monograms on the Greek coins mean? Did they really show the monetary magistrates' names that supervised the different issues or were they just control marks, as we believe today? My book I numeri svelati. Alla scoperta delle notazioni numeriche riportate sulle monete greche (Editrice Diana,Cassino 2015), recently published in Italy, comes to the conclusion that these symbols are numbers (expressed in the ancient Greek language using the same alphabetical letters) indicating the issue's edition, i.e. the number of coins minted. This article
resumes the main lines of my book.

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