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Capstone Acquisitions, LLC
P.O. Box 170938
Austin , TX , 78729
Phone: 512-692-0744
Fax: 512-692-0834

Kingdom of Lydia, Croesus- the Lion and Bull Gold Stater

 

King Croesus (c.561-547/6 BC). is a noteworthy figure in ancient numismatics, as he is believed to have pioneered the idea of a bi-metallic coinage system that contained both gold and silver coins of high purity. These coins featured on the obverse the confronted foreparts of a lion and a bull, and a simple incuse punch on the reverse.

 

King Croesus reigned in the sixth century B.C. over the flourishing empire of Lydia. The Lydians were dreaded warriors on horse and chariot, controlling the middle ground between the Greeks to the west and marauding nomads and surging empires, notably the Persians, in the east. They were enterprising in commerce, and their streams seemed to run with gold.

 

Greek literature for generations held up Croesus as a symbol of enormous wealth but one whose gold could not assure him happiness or ultimate success. His golden reputation, if little else of Lydia, survives to this day.

 

This example of a gold stater, thought to have been issued around c.550 BC at the Sardes mint, is in exceptionally fine condition and is struck to the “light” weight standard of c.8.06 grams. Mint State are highly coveted by Ancient Coin collector in US and European markets. Over the last 18 month, high grade rarities have been take off the market at an accelerated pace.




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 SOLD 1841-O $10 Lib AU55 NGC
This is one of the Top 3 rarest New Orleans Eagles. Only one to two pieces become available a year in any grade. This example is one of the Finest Known on the market with only two graded higher.  SOLD
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SOLD 1842 C Large Date $5 MS 64 NGC
Achaemenid Empire
c.505-480 BC
AV Daric (8.34g)
Darious I- Xerxes I
Carradice Type II
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