The Coinage Decree (450-446)

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  • The 'Coinage Decree' ( passed between 450-446)
    • Passed in Athens, enforcing uniformity of coinage, weights and measures;
      • Local currencies had been melted down, and mints closed.
    • "Any person may hand over foreign currency which he possesses and exchange it."
      • "The epistatai are to record all such deposits by individuals and set up a stone stele in front of the mint for all to see."
    • Although this measure undoubtedly made trade easier, it was a further example of the allies' loss of freedom.
      • It is hard to determine whether this decree was intended to bring Athens financial and commercial advantage, or whether it was just a piece of political muscle-flexing.


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