The present article is a summary of the author’s post-Doc study now in progress its aim to develop a numismatic Corpus for ancient Aptera, one of the most prosperous towns in Western Crete. Aptera has been characterized as an “emerging” ancient town, because of its impressive ruins that have come to light. Its prolific numismatic output attests its remarkable economic growth (mainly starting from the 4th century until the 1st century B.C.),.
The variety of numismatic types, the artistic quality, and the quantity of the surviving specimens of each type confirm the importance of Aptera’s coinage. The present study examines in greater detail the chronological periods of Aptera’s coinage (in silver and in bronze) along with its metrological data. Consequently, the main focus is placed on establishing the typology of this coinage using the comparative method of die-linking.