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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 .|
|Io was a priestess ofin Argos. Zeus lusted for her. In the version of the myth told in Bound she initially rejected Zeus' advances, until her father threw her out of his house on the advice of oracles. According to some stories, Zeus then turned Io into a heifer to hide her from his wife; others maintain that it was jealous that transformed Io. The female on this coin can be identified as Io by the horn and the with beaded tassels worn by heifers or bulls selected for sacrifice to Zeus, as seen in the image right. She was an ancestor of many kings and heroes such as Perseus, Cadmus, Heracles, Minos, Lynceus, Cepheus, and Danaus. The astronomer Simon named a moon of after Io in 1614.|