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Live auction - bgr_826547 - LYDIA - LYDIAN KINGDOM - CROESUS Hemistatère

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Estimate : 980 €
Price : 500 €
Maximum bid : 500 €
End of the sale : 06 June 2023 14:16:45
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Hemistatère
Date: c. 550 AC.
Mint name / Town : Sardes, Lydie
Metal : silver
Diameter : 14 mm
Orientation dies : - h.
Weight : 5,10 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie centrée. Jolis protomés. Fine usure régulière. Patine grise
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Protomés de taureau et de lion affrontés.


Reverse description : Double carré creux informe.


Cet hemistatère correspond aussi à un sicle. La datation est parfois remise en question et abaissée. Ce type a pu être frappé par les Perses avant l’adoption du sicle avec l’archer perse comme nouvelle monnaie d’Empire.

Historical background


(561-546 BC)

The wealth of Croesus as well as the name of the river which flowed in Sardis carrying nuggets of gold (or rather electrum), the Pactole, remained proverbial. The Lydian coinage, one of the first in the Greek world, would begin in the middle of the 7th century BC. Under Croesus, we have an important and diversified coinage. Croesus succeeded Alyattes II (610-561 BC). The beginning of his reign was brilliant, but he clashed with the new king of the Persians, Cyrus. War between the two kingdoms broke out. Sardis fell in 546 BC under the blows of the Persians of Cyrus who spared the life of Croesus. Sardis became the capital of a satrapy. Cyrus kept his adversary's monetary system and coinage. The half-stater of silver or shekel was the twentieth part of the light gold stater of 8.17 g. It will be necessary to wait until 510 for the daric and the Persian shekel to replace the archaic coinage of Croesus.

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