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.