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Kingdom of Lydia Coins

The Kingdom of Lydia was situated in the western part of Asia Minor, part of modern day Turkey, and became a powerful region under the Mermnadae dynasty around 685 BC. Under the rule of King Croesus, Lydia was transformed from a kingdom into an empire. The Lydian Empire ended when Persian King Cyrus captured Sardis, Lydia's main city, about 546 BC. 

The Lydians were the first people to mint coins and also the first to utilize symbolic animals, like the lion and bull, which represented strength and virility.




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  • Croesus Silver Full Stater NGC Very Fine 5x3

    This Lydian full silver stater was issued by King Croesus sometime around 560 B.C and has been preserved nicely over the past 2,600 years. It is known to be the first true silver coinage ever issued and is very desirable as a result, particularly the largest denomination of the series, the full stater. The obverse shows an image of a lion and bull, representing strength and fertility. The reverse employs a double-incuse punch that happened when the coin was struck so long ago. This particular example has a lot of flash and luster--many survivors have been heavily corroded and worn over the years. The silver staters of Croesus were issued in six different sizes ranging from a full stater down to a tiny 1/24th stater. Learn More
    $6,900.00

  • Croesus Silver Full Stater NGC Extremely Fine 4x3

    This Lydian full silver stater was issued by King Croesus sometime around 560 B.C and has been preserved far better than most over the past 2,600 years. It is known to be the first true silver coinage ever issued and is very desirable as a result, particularly the largest denomination of the series, the full stater. The obverse shows an image of a lion and bull, representing strength and fertility. The reverse employs a double-incuse punch that happened when the coin was struck so long ago. The basal value for a Full Silver Stater is $5,000 so we feel the premium for this example is fully justifiable. The silver staters of Croesus were issued in six different sizes ranging from a full stater down to a tiny 1/24th stater. Coin pictured is the exact coin you will receive. Learn More
    $8,970.00

  • Lydia Croesus Silver Half-Stater NGC Extremely Fine 5x2

    First silver coinage ever in human history circa 561 B.C. and very attractive for the grade. King Croesus of Lydia issued the "lion and Bull" staters until he was conquered by the Persian Empire. Choice example and very old, hard to believe it was struck two and a half millennia ago. Learn More

    Regular Price: $1,980.00

    Special Price $1,945.00

  • King Croesus Gold 1/12 Stater Light NGC Choice Extremely Fine 4x5

    This is the first gold coinage issued in human history nearly 2,600 years ago and was struck by King Croesus of Lydia. Croesus figured out how to refine gold and silver around 561 B.C. and each size represented different values, however, all depict the "lion and bull" design--representing strength and fertility. For the money this is a superb buy in our opinion. This is the exact coin you will receive. Learn More
    $4,356.00

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