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

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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 and the name of the river that flowed Sardis carting gold nuggets (or rather electrum), Pactolus, remained proverbial. Lydian coinage, one of the first of the Greek world, begin in the middle of the seventh century BC Under Croesus, we have a large and diverse coinage. Croesus succeeded Alyattes II (610-561 BC). The beginning of his reign was brilliant, but he met the new king of Persia, Cyrus. The war broke out between the two kingdoms. Sardis fell in 546 BC at the hands of the Persians of Cyrus spared the life of Croesus. Sardis was the capital of a satrapy. Cyrus retained the monetary system and the coinage of his opponent. The half-shekel of silver or twentieth century was part of the light gold stater of 8.17 g. It was not until 510 that the daric and Persian shekel replace archaic coinage of Croesus.

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