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A history of the world in 100 objects

Priceless treasures from the British Museum are to be used to trace the history of the world for a new BBC Radio 4 series. The Telegraph profiles some of the objects.

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.

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