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560-546 B.C. Croesus Silver Half Stater in Cherry Wood Case

560-546 B.C. Croesus Silver Half Stater in Cherry Wood Case

You have probably heard the expression, but did you know King Croesus was a real king who lived over 2,500 years ago? He is credited with creating the world’s first silver and gold coins! And here, ready to star in your collection, is this first-ever silver coin – the Lydian half stater! Ranked #9 in the 100 Greatest Ancient Coins, this half stater is minted in about 5 grams of pure silver. It shows a roaring lion facing a bull on the obverse and a punch mark on the reverse.

Sardis, capital of the wealthy kingdom of Lydia, was located on the banks of the Pactolus River, which had naturally occurring gold, silver and the rare alloy electrum. According to legend, when King Midas bathed in the river to rid himself of the “golden touch,” he left behind rich precious ores.

The kingdom of Lydia struck electrum coinage about 100 years before Croesus developed his first gold and silver coins, and the first bimetallic monetary system. Although history hasn’t revealed why Croesus started this, we do know after the Persians defeated him in 546 B.C., they continued using his bimetallic system. If you collect coins, love history, or mythology, you’ll want this ancient!
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