The Ionia Mint Electrum Stater is considered to be the first actual coin with a picture ever struck in human history. Capstone Acquisitions had the extraordinary privilege of acquiring this coin in Fall of 2016. Referred to as the “Striated” Stater because it represented “ripples” of water from a nearby river where the electrum was harvested. It is estimated that only twelve exist in the world today. We were able to help place it into a collection to complete a set of Ionian Striated Staters, a feat that is estimated to have been done only three times.
Minted nearly three thousand years ago in modern-day Turkey, the coin is made from electrum, a naturally occurring alloy of gold and silver that was found in streams and riverbeds. The striated lines on the front of the coin are believed to represent flowing water which is where electrum was found.
The coin was assigned the grade of About Uncirculated condition with a star for outstanding eye appeal.