Coins are not just a part of the economy of any place; they in fact, play a very crucial role in understanding the history and culture of a particular place. These little pieces of metal serve in a great way in helping in designing the heritage of a period in history. Sadigh Gallery that is celebrating its success in the dealing of ancient coins and artifacts helps in maintaining the importance of the coins of all ages and times.
It is sadly true that coins play a very trivial role in the present financial world but that does not in any way demean their historical value. In ancient times, coins were used by kings and emperors as means of communication, as the coins contained both images and texts that communicated about the rulers of the times. Archaeologists are surely very grateful for the discovery and existence of this object.
The coins could be said to be the “floppy discs” of the primeval period in the way they communicated and conveyed messages far and wide. The Sadigh Gallery helps one keep that connection with the ancient times through the amazing artifacts and souvenirs of the past that they are able to showcase.
The study of coins is known as numismatics, and it was around the 600 B.C. that the concept of coins came into existence. It was at this time that the Lydians in Western Anatolia, invented this useful contributor to the legacy of any place. They were the neighbors to Greeks and despite the fact that the Greeks did not invent this thing they were rather quick in adapting to this new concept in the economic condition of the place. The popularity of the coinage reached to such limits that every Greek city-state wished to furnish its own trade and mint its own coinage.
The commencement of coins gave a new definition to the status of an individual within the society, while previously it was the landed property that determined the wealth of a person, the advent of coins made these pieces of metals the determinants of the financial status. The field of commerce also was greatly altered with the coming of the coins, now, the goods no longer needed to be weighed to find their value.
The appearances of the coins initially comprised of the figures and images on only one side, slowly with time this changed and came to be printed on both sides. Among the ancient coins was one of the Greeks that contained the image of their goddess Athena on one side and the image of an owl that carried an olive branch, on the other. This they did in order to advertise their primitive trade of the export of olives. In this way, all other cities of Greece continued to follow the trend and their coins spoke of their gods and goddesses on side and the primary occupation on the other.
Thus, this is how coins become the symbol of identity in the primitive times; and though the coins may have lost the gravity of their importance in the present world, yet there can be no glitch to the magnanimous contribution they made in the ancient times.