The Dawn of Coinage This Kings of Lydia coin started it all! The origins of coinage began with this rare and valued gold prototype.This extreme rarity is the World's First Major Coinage minted by the order of King Croesus in Lydia, Asia Minor on the coast of what is now current-day Turkey, over 2,500 years ago! These un-inscribed, hand struck oval lumps were minted from a natural occurring alloy of gold called electrum.
This ancient coin features a fierce lion confronting a bull symbolizing strength and virility. The reverse has plain imprints from the tongs to hold them while striking and to help standardize the weight of the coins. This ancient coin is an archaeological treasure from the past that tells the story of early civilization and its rich rulers. The Lydian civilization was not centrally organized with no dominant power like the New Eastern empires, which provided them individual economic initiatives. These coins undoubtedly were responsible for a boom in trade both between city-states, and in the rapid escalation of local markets.This historic gold piece is from the cradle of civilization certified and graded by NGC Ancients in Choice XF condition, Strike: 5/5 Surface: 5/5. The item "561 BC Lydia Croesus AV Stater WORLDS FIRST GOLD COIN! NGC Ch XF 5/5" is in sale since Monday, June 4, 2018. This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ Ancient\Greek (450 BC-100 AD)". The seller is "monacorarecoins2016" and is located in Newport Beach, California. This item can be shipped to United States.