στατήρ, literally 'weight') was an ancient coin of
origin which circulated from the eighth century BC to 50 AD. It was
also heavily used by Celtic
to Robin Lane Fox, it was borrowed by
the Euboeans from the
Phoenician shekel, which was of about
the same weight and was also a fiftieth part of a mina.
mintings of this coin such as practiced in Athens valued the
stater at a tetradrachm (4 drachms),
though issues at other places or times applied the word "stater" to
a didrachm (2 drachm) coin.
was also minted at Corinth.
were also struck in some of the Mediterranean islands such as Aegina and Kydonia.
For example, one silver coin struck
in Kydonia was that of a stater featuring the Minoan
There also existed a "gold stater", but it was only minted in some
places, and was mainly an accounting unit worth 20-28 drachms
depending on place and time, the Athenian unit being worth 20
drachms. (The reason being that one gold stater generally weighed
roughly 8.5 grams, twice as much as a drachm, while the parity
gold:silver, after some variance, was established as 1:10) The best
known types of gold staters are the 28 drachm Kyzikenos
, and the gold staters minted in
that Gallic chiefs modelled after those of
Philip II of Macedonia
mercenaries brought back West after serving in his armies, or those
of Alexander and his successors.
- Robin Lane Fox, Travelling Heroes: Greeks and Their Myths
in the Epic Age of Homer (London: Allen Lane, 2008, ISBN
978-0713999808), p. 94.
- W.Smith, 1881
- C.M.Hogan, 2008
- C. Michael Hogan, Cydonia, Modern Antiquarian, January
23, 2008 
- William Smith, A Dictionary of Greek and Roman
Antiquities, 1881, J. Murray