Lydia Gold Stater Croesus (561-546 BC) Ch AU NGC

Lydia Gold Stater Croesus (561-546 BC) Ch AU NGC

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The Lydian stater was the first pure gold coin officially issued by a government in world history and was the model for virtually all subsequent coinage.

Coin Highlights:
  • Lydia struck during the reign of Croesus, 561-546 BC. AV stater (light issue). 8.06 grams.
  • NGC encapsulation authenticates and protects the Choice About Uncirculated condition of the coin.
  • Strike: 5/5. Surface: 4/5.
  • Obverse: Confronted foreparts of a lion right, mouth open and tongue protruding, and bull left.
  • Reverse: Segmented rectangular incuse.

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Coinage is thought to have started in Lydia or Ionia (present day western Turkey) in the seventh century BC. In 546 BC, Lydia was conquered by the Persians and silver siglos of this type were struck from about 500 BC until the Persian Empire fell to Alexander the Great.

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