The Greeks first struck coins as early as 680 BCE, which is often referred to as the beginning of the period of archaic art. Coins from this period, which are often irregular rather than round, initially featured a punched geometric mark on one side and an animal such as a turtle, lion, or flying boar on the other. Within a few hundred years, ancient Greek coins began to feature figures on both sides, such as on a coin that boasted four...Continue Reading