Ancient Coinage of Lydia


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Lydia, an inland kingdom of western Asia Minor, where the first coins were minted.

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BMC 172Achaemenid Kingdom, Time of Xerxes II to Artaxerxes II. AR Siglos. 5.42 gr, 14.81mm. Darics. 420-375 BC. Persian king or hero in kneeling-running stance right, three annulets on breast of kandys, holding dagger and bow, quiver with arrows over shoulder / Incuse punch. BMC Vol. 28, 172; Carradice Type IV B, 43; cf SG 4680.TextImage
Prowe 1515Pactolos? Lydia, AE22. Imperial times. 7.54 g. Head of Artemis right, quiver over her left shoulder / ΠAKTΩΛEΩN MENE to right and left of Athena standing left, holding Nike and spear, resting hand on shield. Prowe III 1515; Rhousopoulos 4058. It has long been disputed whether this town, named after the gold-rich river in Lydia, existed or not. See text file for more information.TextImage
Sear #3398Kingdom of Lydia, EL Third Stater or Trite. Before Croesus, 650-561 BC. Lion's head right, globule on forehead / oblong incuse punch.
(5 entries)
Sear #3401Alyattes, Kingdom of Lydia, c. 600 BC, EL 1/6 stater (hecte). c 600 BC, Lion head left, Lydian retrograde legend FALFEI above / Incuse punch. Weid. 100, BMC 16.
(2 entries)
Sear #3402Kingdom of Lydia, uncertain king, EL 12th-stater or Hemihekte (~1.18g). Before 561 BC. Head of roaring lion right / Incuse punch with irregular lines.
( 4 entries)
Sear #3404Sardes (?), Lydia, EL 1/48th Stater. 650-561 BC, Lion head right / Incuse punch. BMC 24. TextImage
Sear #3408Lydia, Sardes(?) EL 1/48th Stater. ca 625 BC. Lion’s head right / Square punch. Rosen 27cf.TextImage
Sear #3411Kings of Lydia, time of Kroisos, AV Stater. Sardes mint, ca 561-546 BC, heavy series. Confronted foreparts of lion & bull / two square incuse punches of unequal size. BMC 30, SNGCop 454.TextImage
Sear #3419Kingdom of Lydia, Kroisos AR Stater. 560-546 BC. Confronted heads of lion & bull / double incuse punch. BMC 37.
( 3 entries)
Sear #3420Kingdom of Lydia, Croesus, c 560-546 BC, AR 1/2 stater. Types continued under the Persians, Sardes Mint, Confronting heads of lion & bull / Oblong incuse punch. SNG VA 2875.
( 4 entries)
Sear #3421Kingdom of Lydia, Croesus, c 560-546 BC, AR 1/3 Stater. Sardes Mint, Confronting heads of lion and bull / Oblong incuse punch.
( 5 entries)
Sear #3422Kingdom of Lydia, Croesus, c560-546 BC, AR 1/12 stater. Sardes Mint, Confronting heads of lion and bull / Incuse punch. BMC 53.TextObv*Rev
SNG ANS 73489Achaemenid Empire. AV Daric. 14.2 mm; 8.31 gr. 485–400 BC, Sardes mint. King running right with bow and spear / Incuse punch. SNG ANS 1944.100.73489.TextImage
Sear #3425Persia. Achaemenid Empire. Time of Darios I-Xerxes II. Circa 485-420 BC. AV Daric (8.43 gm). Persian king or hero in kneeling-running stance right, holding spear and bow / Incuse punch. Carradice Type III.TextImage
Sear #3427Lydia, Under the Persians, AR siglos. Great King kneeling with bow / Incuse.
(2 entries)
Sear #4678Lydi AR Siglis. Persian Imperial Coinage, circa 486-330 BC. Bearded archer (the Great King) running right, holding bow & spear / oblong punch.
(6 entries)
Sear #4679Achaemenid Empire AV Daric. Time of Darius I & Xerxes I, ca 485-420 BC. Persian royal hero in kneeling-running pose right, holding spear & bow / irregular incuse punch. Carradice Type IIIb, BMC 26.TextImage
Sear #4680Kingdom of Persia, AR siglos. c400 BC, King advancing right, bearing dagger and bow / Incuse punch.
(2 entries)
Sear #4682Kingdom of Lydia, under Persian Rule, Artaxerxes I to Darius III, c450 BC AR Siglos, Sardeis Mint. Bearded king kneeling right holding bow & spear / Oblong punch.
( 4 entries)
Sear #4683Kingdom of Persia, AR Siglos. 375-340 BC. King advancing right, bearing dagger & bow / Incuse punch. Carradice Type IV.
(13 entries)
Weidauer 90Lydia, Time of Alyattes II. Late 7th-early 6th century BC. Electrum Hemihekte (1/12th Stater), 7.49mm, 1.15 gr. Head of roaring lion right, wart on forehead, strands of ruff chevron-shaped, mane outlined, rounded ear / Incuse square punch. Weidauer 90; SNG Kayhan 1015; Sear Greece 3402.TextImage
Of interest!Nov. 2009: A 109 page, English translation of L. Weidauer's work (translated with permission) is available for people who already have the German version (The translation does not include plates). The price of the translation is only US$ 15. Contact Reid at The Weidauer Project for more information.
Lydian Electrum Coins, by RG
LIST OF LYDIAN CITIES
REPRESENTED ON WILDWINDS
Acrasus
Aninetos
Apollonis
Apollonoshieron
Attaleia
Aureliopolis
Bagis
Blaundos
Briula
Caystriani
Daldis
Dioshieron
Gordus-Julia
Hermocapelia
Hierocaesareia
Hypaepa
Hyrkanis
Kilbiani
Klannudda
Maeonia
Magnesia ad Sipylum
Mastaura
Mostene
Nacrasa
Nikaia-Kilbiani
Nysa
Philadelphia
Saitta
Sala
Sardes
Silandos
Stratonikeia-Hadrianopolis
Tabala
Thyateira
Thyessus
Titacazus
Tmolus
Tomaris
Tralleis
Tripolis
LIST OF LYDIAN KINGS
REPRESENTED ON WILDWINDS
Alyattes
Cambyses
Darius I
Kroisos
Persian Kings
Spithridates
Uncertain Kings

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