Please feel confident purchasing from me and be sure to check out my new feedback connected with my new store! Hand struck gold coin. Size: 13.58 x 9.78 mm. Weight: 4.69 g. Please note that this coin comes with no Authentication papers. I have had several Numismatics I have contacted on the mainland agree that this is the real thing! The price listed takes this into consideration. OBV: Head of lion to right, mouth open, mane bristling, and radiate globule above eye. R: Two square punches of different size side by side. Herodotus is one of the pieces of evidence often cited in behalf of the argument that Lydians invented coinage, at least in the West, even though the first coins were neither gold nor silver but an alloy of the two. The dating of these first stamped coins is one of the most frequently debated topics of ancient numismatics, with dates ranging from 700 BC to 550 BC, but the most common opinion is that they were minted at or near the beginning of the reign of King Alyattes (sometimes referred to incorrectly as Alyattes II), who ruled Lydia c. The first coins were made of electrum, an alloy of gold and silver that occurs naturally but that was further debased by the Lydians with added silver and copper. The largest of these coins are commonly referred to as a 1/3 stater (trite) denomination, weighing around 4.7 grams, though no full staters of this type have ever been found, and the 1/3 stater probably should be referred to more correctly as a stater, after a type of a transversely held scale, the weights used in such a scale (from ancient Greek =to stand), which also means standard. These coins were stamped with a lion’s head adorned with what is likely a sunburst, which was the king’s symbol. To complement the largest denomination, fractions were made, including a hekte (sixth), hemihekte (twelfth), and so forth down to a 96th, with the 1/96 stater weighing only about 0.15 grams. There is disagreement, however, over whether the fractions below the twelfth are actually Lydian. Alyattes’ son was Croesus, who became associated with great wealth. Sardis was renowned as a beautiful city. Around 550 BC, near the beginning of his reign, Croesus paid for the construction of the temple of Artemis at Ephesus, which became one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Croesus was defeated in battle by Cyrus II of Persia in 546 BC, with the Lydian kingdom losing its autonomy and becoming a Persian satrapy. The item “NGC GRADED LYDIA GOLD COIN 610-546 BC EL THIRD STATER 4.7g 1 OF THE OLDEST COINS” is in sale since Monday, March 11, 2019. This item is in the category “Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ Ancient\Greek (450 BC-100 AD)”. The seller is “skygoddess2018″ and is located in Kapaa, Hawaii. This item can be shipped to United States.
- Cleaned/Uncleaned: Uncleaned
- Composition: Gold