Although measuring only 16mm diameter and 13mm high, this is a superb example from the earliest pure gold coinage ever minted. As King of Lydia (560–546 BC), Kroisos was renowned for his learned court, and proverbial for his stupendous wealth. His emblem, the lion and bull locked in combat, symbolised strength and nobility, and alluded to Lydia’s border status between Greek West and Persian East. Circa 550-520 BC.
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