A history of the world in 100 objects
Published on November 26th, 2009 | by Admin1
Gold coin of Croesus, c. 550BC, from modern Turkey.
Due to his immense wealth, Croesus, king of the Lydian people who reigned from about 560-547BC, is thought to have been one of the first rulers to mint gold coins. Historians claim that the coin, called a croesid, depicting a lion and a bull, provides an insight into the earliest uses of currency.