In approximately 610 BCE in Ancient Lydia (occupying the land we now know as Turkey), anvils and hammers became some of the first tools to strike coins as the Royal Australian Mint does now. A blank piece of metal would be forced into the anvil’s crevice, which had a negative (reversed) image carved into it. The hammer would strike the blank, leaving this image on one side and the hammer’s square on the other. The resulting coins were known as Lydian half starters.
Coins of Ancient Lydia
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