King Mandias of Assyria was getting short on money because of war with the Hittites.
His prized possession was the Star of the Euphrates, the most valuable diamond in the ancient world. So he went to see Croesus, the pawnbroker, to obtain a loan. Croesus said, “I’ll give you 100,000 dinars for it.”
Mandias was shocked and said, “But I paid 1 million dinars for it. Don’t you know I am the king?”
Croesus replied, “When you wish to pawn a Star, makes no difference who you are.”
Jack A. Graves