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Archaic Origins - The First Coins of Mankind
The coins below are among the first struck by mankind. Coins struck in the later classical and Hellenistic periods, but in archaic or archaized style are also included here. Click here to read "From the Origin of Coins to Croesus."
|Thiswas minted in , Anatolia, while under Persian control, prior to Alexander the Great's conquest. The Persian or Empire (c. 550 - 330 B.C.) was the largest empire in ancient history extending across , and Europe, including Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, parts of , , and , much of the Black Sea coastal regions, Iraq, northern Saudi , Jordan, and Israel, Lebanon, , and much of ancient as far as .|