Spring of Silver


The Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies at Macquarie University uses X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometry to study how silver is employed for the minting of archaic Athenian coins.  The research project, “A spring of silver, a treasury in the earth: coinage and wealth in archaic Athens”, was funded by the Australian Research Council from 2012 to 2014, and was concluded at the conference “Mines, Metals and Money in Attica and the Ancient World” held in Athens, Greece on 20-22 April 2015.