Monetary History of
Circa 600-559 BC
Cambyses I was a Persian king of the Achaemenid dynasty who ruled (circa 600-559 BC). He was the son of Cyrus I. His kingdom was Anshan (a Province in modern Iraq) as a vassal of the Medes who were the true rulers over Persia. Cambyses I succeeded his father and was in turn the father of Cyrus the Great, who ultimately led a successful rebellion against the Medes giving birth to the Persian Empire. According to the Greek historian Herodotus, Cambyses I was married to the daughter of Astyages, King of the Medes (584-550 BC).
There are no known formal coin issues of Cambyses I. At this point in history, coins had just been born in neighboring Lydia by the Ionian Greeks.