The Lydian Stater is now a thing of numismatic legend, with very few fine examples still in existence, and attracting huge values at auction in some of the larger forms. We’ve seen a 1/24 stater (just 0.44 grams) for sale at $12k USD, for example, and a prototype issue of 10.76 grams go for $130k, although only 11 examples of that type remain.
The design, on the reverse, represents the Lydian capital, Sardis, with the foreparts of a lion (on the left) and a bull (on the right) facing one another. It has been reproduced perfectly on this new coin, and looks simply gorgeous, positively dripping with history. On the original, the obverse had two deeply incused squares caused by the punch that struck the coin. This one has reproduced that, and placed the denomination inscriptions, and the coat-of-arms of the Republic of Chad at the bottom of it.
It’s a small coin, just 15 grams in weight, struck in 0.999 silver, and then fully gilded. It’s all quite beautiful, and with a mintage of 333 pieces, quite rare for its size. We’re obviously admirers of this subject, especially the CIT series, Numismatic Icons, which modernises ancient originals, but we do like a straight reproduction as well.