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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

  • King Croesus Gold Stater "Light Series" NGC CHAU 5x3

    WOW! This amazing full gold stater from Lydia is an absolute masterpiece and seldom seen finer than this. Struck around 560 B.C., it depicts the lion and bull obverse design with an incuse punch on the back. We cannot emphasize enough the rarity and outstanding quality of the current coin. In recent years there have been more of the older, heavier staters that have come to light, shifting attention to these long-overlooked light series gold staters. Learn More

    Regular Price: $57,420.00

    Special Price $56,500.00

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  • King Croesus Gold Stater "Heavy Series" NGC CHAU 5x4

    King Croesus of Lydia figured out how to refine electrum into gold and silver to establish the first bi-metallic currency in 561 B.C. This stunning "heavy" stater was the first gold coinage ever struck in the world and each coin that survived the past 2,600 years is a museum-quality rarity. Most known survivors are heavily worn, however, this particular example is certified by NGC in Choice About Uncirculated condition with a remarkable overall look. It is hard to believe it was issued so long ago. The obverse depicts the lion and bull design--with the lion thought to symbolize strength and the bull to represent fertility. The Heavy series of Lydian gold staters are the earliest issues from Croesus---weighing approximately 25% more than the Light Series that was issued later in his reign. Coin pictured is the exact coin you will receive and if you're looking for an epic piece of history to put away for a while, you should strongly consider this remarkable gold stater from King Croesus of Lydia. Learn More
    $59,800.00

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