LONG BEACH, CA – A rare example of the world’s first gold coin made in ancient Greece is one of the highlights in a $10 million exhibition in Long Beach of numismatic treasures spanning nearly 2,600 of history in the eastern Mediterranean region.
Made circa 564-539 B.C. on behalf of King Kroisos of Lydia, it is one of only about two dozen known of the world’s first coin struck in gold. It weighs only a little more than a third of an ounce (10.76 grams), at 16 millimeters wide it is slightly smaller than a modern dime and was formerly in the Zurich Money Museum Collection in Switzerland.
The exhibition, “The Tyrants of the Tigris & Euphrates,” will be open to the public at the Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo (www.LongBeachExpo), June 14-16 in the Long Beach, California Convention Center, 100 S. Pine Ave.
All the coins in the display are from the extensive Tyrant Collection (www.TheTyrantCollection.com), described as the world’s most valuable rare coin collection in private hands.
“This exhibition will showcase more than 350 important ancient to medieval to modern coins of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers valley including rulers and dynasties of the Mesopotamia region. They range from Cyrus the Great in 546 B.C. through Saddam Hussein in 2003. Many of the coins in the $10 million display are the finest known of their kind,” said Ira Goldberg, President of Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, Inc. (www.GoldbergCoins.com) in Los Angeles who provided guidance in assembling the collection.
The owner of The Tyrant Collection wants to remain anonymous while he shares the collection’s coins with the public for their educational value through a multi-year series of displays at the Long Beach Expo.
“These exhibits with different coins displayed at upcoming Long Beach Expos will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the public to see in person some of the world’s most significant rare coins. Visitors to the June 2018 Long Beach Expo can receive a free, illustrated educational booklet about this latest, amazing exhibit,” said Goldberg.