From: Paul C (clyder@GN.APC.ORG)
Date: Sat Jun 05 2004 - 18:31:12 EDT
The problem with the Lydian coins being standardised weights of gold was that they were not, they were made of electrum, a gold silver alloy. If they passed as pure weights of gold then anyone accepting them as bullion was cheated. It should be recalled that this was pre-Archimedes so the technique to check the composition of gold silver alloys was as yet unknown. This was pointed out in by Bolin back in 1958.
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