Coins are believed to have been introduced as a method of payment in around the 6th or 5th century BC, although the origins have been widely disputed. It is known that when Lydia (now in modern day Turkey) was conquered by the Persians in 546 BC that coins were introduced to Persia.
The first coins were made from an alloy of silver and gold known as 'electrum' and were used as tokens in trading.
The collection of currency, including coins, notes and tokens is known as numismatics.
Legacy stocks a small selection of collectible coins or tokens, especially those of interest to collectors of Royalty memorabilia.