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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 Gold 1/12 Stater NGC Extremely Fine 5x4-Light Series

    Struck nearly 2,600 years ago, this fractional 1/12th gold stater was issued by King Croesus of Lydia. The obverse depicts the lion and bull, representing strength and virility. The reverse shows a double incuse punch. These are known to be the first series of gold coins in human history. We can't emphasize enough how rare and important these coins are and to have the opportunity to own one in such a high grade is a rare feat indeed. Highly recommended. Learn More
    $6,120.00

  • Croesus Silver 1/12 Stater NGC Choice Very Fine 5x3

    This Lydian 1/12th silver stater was issued by King Croesus sometime around 560 B.C. It is known to be the first true silver coinage ever issued and is very desirable as a result. 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 silver staters of Croesus were issued in six different sizes ranging from a full stater down to a tiny 1/24th stater. Learn More
    $1,972.00

  • 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 1/2 Stater NGC Choice Very Fine 5x4

    Listed as #9 out of the 100 Greatest Ancient coins, this Half Silver Stater of King Croesus is first silver coinage ever issued in human history. Struck nearly 2,600 years ago by King Croesus of Lydia, the obverse depicts the lion and bull design, representing strength and virility. The reverse shows a double-incuse punch. Excellent coin for the price and very nice for the grade, with all detail fully evident. Learn More
    $2,484.00

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