• latw-32_1-32_2-1
    Silver croeseid half-stater, no. Izmir 2842, from a hoard. Obverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
  • latw-32_1-32_2-2
    Silver croeseid half-stater, no. Izmir 2842, from a hoard. Reverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
  • latw-32_1-32_2-3
    Silver croeseid half-stater, no. Izmir 2843, from a hoard. Obverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
  • latw-32_1-32_2-4
    Silver croeseid half-stater, no. Izmir 2843, from a hoard. Reverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)

Hoard of Coins from Old Smyrna/Bayraklı: Two Silver Croeseid Half-Staters

Date
Second half of the sixth century BC, Late Lydian (Persian)
Museum
Izmir, Archaeological Museum, 2842-2843
Inventory No.
2842-2843
Material
Silver
Object Type
Coin
Coin Denomination
Half stater
Coin Mint
Sardis
Site
Old Smyrna/Bayraklı
Description
Two silver croeseid half-staters. Obverse: confronted foreparts of lion and bull. Reverse: two punches. Weight: no. 32.1: 5.20 g, “worn” (Robinson) / 5.10 g, “good condition” (Aydemir et al). No. 32.2: 5.29 g, “medium worn” (Robinson) / 5.21 g, “good condition” (Aydemir et al). Diameter 1.55 cm (both).
Comments
A coin hoard found by the Anglo-Turkish excavation at Old Smyrna (Bayraklı) in 1951 includes coins of Lydian, Achaemenid Persian, and Greek types. The hoard was found in a lydion (No. 33), in an archaeological context dated to between 500 and 480 BC. The Lydian coins are stylistically late, the lion and bull heads are stylized and simplified, compared to the earlier silver coins such as Nos. 30 and 29 (Styles E and F, according to Naster 1965 and Nimchuk 2000). They were minted during the Persian period in the second half of the sixth century BC.
Discussed
Kroll, “Coins of Sardis”
Bibliography
Cook 1958, 30, pl. 3a; Akurgal 1961, 151, fig. 106; Robinson 1958; Robinson 1960, 32 nos. 15-16; Aydemir et al. 1997, 24, nos. 15-16.
Author
NDC