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Three Exceptional Gold Issues of Kroisos

Sale: Triton XI, Lot: 256. Estimate $5000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 7 January 2008. 
Sold For $12000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

KINGS of LYDIA. Kroisos. Circa 560-546 BC. AV Stater (8.06 g). Light series. Sardes mint. Struck circa 550-546 BC. Confronted foreparts of lion and bull / Two incuse square punches of unequal size. Berk 3; Traité I 401-3; SNG Kayhan -; SNG von Aulock 2875; SNG München 8; Boston MFA 2073. Superb EF.

A wonderful example of the gold staters from Kroisos’ reign. Compare the style with lot 260, below, an example of the same type struck under the Persians.