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Stater of Kingdom of Lydia with lion and bull, struck under Kroisos (Croesus)

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Obverse: Forepart of lion at left and of bull at right facing each other. The lion's mouth is open wide. Reverse: Double incuse square, surface irregular. Time of Croesus, king of Lydia, 561-546 B.C.


By date unknown: Canon Greenwell Collection; July 1902: acquired from Canon Greenwell Collection by Edward Perry Warren (Regling, Die Griechischen Münzen der Sammlung Warren, no. 1288); September 1904: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Archaic Period, about 550–546 B.C.


Sardis, Lydia (Kingdom)

Catalogue Raisonné

Brett, Greek Coins (MFA), no. 2070.


Diameter: 20 mm. Weight: 10.13 gm.

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Numismatics, Coins