The coins of the Lydian Kingdom were mostly one third staters that featured a lions head. The Lydian Kingdom under King Kroisos or Croesus(Reigned from 561-546BC) converted from a system based on electrum (naturally found alloy of gold and silver) to a two metal system of pure gold and pure silver. The silver coins featured the confronting foreparts of a bull and lion the same as the gold coins of Kroisos’ time period and for a time after his defeat by the Persians under King Cyrus. The confrontation of the lion and the bull has been variously described as representing winter and spring, strength and fertility, sun and moon, and even as Asia minor and Europe or as Lydia and Phyrgia. The design was replaced towards the end of the 6th Century with the “running or knelling archer”, (sometimes referred to as the king) that became known as the a daric (named after Darius). As a side note: The Lydian Kingdom, King Kroisos or Croesus was known for his extreme wealth – hence the old saying “rich as Croesus”. The coins from this time period represent some of the earliest of coins.