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A history of the world in 100 objects: The coins of Croesus

June 2, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Anthropology, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, World Coins

By: Anna Seaman June 2nd, 2014. (http://www.thenational.ae)

Made of electrum, an alloy of gold and silver, the coins of King Croesus were the some of the earliest to be issued. Rather crudely fashioned by a few blows of a hammer, the rounded golden lumps date back to 550BC. They were minted in what is now Turkey, in the latter period of the reign of King Croesus, who conquered the Iron Age kingdom of Lydia.

The image of a lion and a bull fighting in profile can be seen on the face of the coin; this was an indication of the purity of the metal, which lifted the responsibility for checking the individual coins from the businessman to the ruler, elevating the kingdom’s position to trade and making King Croesus extremely wealthy.

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