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Lot 2037       Greek Silver & Bronze

Estimate $1,250
SOLD $1,000

LYDIA, Sardes, time of King Croesus or later, (c.550-520 B.C.), silver stater or double siglos, (10.48 grams), obv. confronting foreparts of lion, facing right, and bull facing left, rev. two incuse punches of unequal size, side by side, (S.3419 [Ã…â€Å‣1250], Traite pl.10,7, SNG von Aulock 2873, I. Carradice, Coinage of the Persian Empire BAR Inter. Ser. 343, [1987], Pl.10, 2). Good fine and very rare.

This coin is normally known as being issued by the Lydian king Croesus. Throughout the ancient world he was known for his legendary wealth, and it is therefore not surprising to find these most ancient of silver coins associated with this king. The lion is the paramount symbol of royality and as such is appropriate for his Lydian kingdom. According to Herodotus, the Lydians were the first to strike gold and silver coins, but the numismatic evidence is not easily compatable with this statement. Carradice study suggests that this coin is unlikely to have been minted in the lifetime of king Croesus, however Sear assigns them to this ruler c.560-546 B.C. The issue sees the introduction of the world's first bimetallic coinage, gold and silver pieces based on a stater of pure metal weighing about 10.8 grams. This was the intial phase of relatively short duration as shortly after the gold was reduced in weight to about 8.00 grams for a stater and the silver siglos replaced the silver stater. This is the first time this company has offered the silver stater or double siglos, this such an historic and important coin from the earliest period of beginnings of coinage in the western world.

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