Lydian Electrum Trite – some say the world’s oldest coin

The 5th Century Greek historian Herodotus wrote that it was the Ancient Lydians who were the first to use silver and gold coinage. According to the British Museum, he was half right!
Lydia, an ancient kingdom in the area that is now modern Turkey, rose in about the 12th Century BC. However, it wasn’t until about 650BC that they minted what is now arguably the world’s first ever coin, one example, the Lydian Trite is pictured below.
Made from Electrum, a naturally occurring alloy of gold and silver, the Lydian coins often depicted a captivating Lion, like the one below, on one side. Thousands of years hence, these coins feature a beauty that is archaic yet aesthetically pleasing.
For more information on Lydia’s Electrum coins, read the British Museum article here: 

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