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Coins are considered by some numismatists to have originated ca. 550-600 BC in Anatolia, which corresponds to modern-day Turkey, in particular in Lydia. A coin, by definition, is an object used to facilitate commerce and exchanges .
The proponents of the Lydian coins scenario admit the fact that they were likely not used in commerce or industry. Electrum coins were not standardized in weight and are considered by opponents as badges, medals or ceremonial objects issued by priests, rather than coins (actually the oldest of them have been discovered not in Lydia, but in the temple of Ephesos).
The oldest coins are considered by other numismatists to be the Aegina Chelone coins which were minted ca. 700-550 BC, either by the local Aegina people or by Pheidon king of Argos (who first set the standards of weights and measures). (click to see all the article on Wikipedia)

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