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Siglos - Darius I / Artaxerxes II - 522-358 BC THE ROYAL COINAGE - 3rd type

Siglos - Darius I / Artaxerxes II - 522-358 BC (THE ROYAL COINAGE - 3rd type) -  obverse Siglos - Darius I / Artaxerxes II - 522-358 BC (THE ROYAL COINAGE - 3rd type) -  reverse

Features

Country Achaemenid Empire
(Persia)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 490 BC - 375 BC
Value AR Siglos = 1/60 Mina (unit)= 1/20 Daric (1/20)
Metal Silver (.950)
Weight 5.49 g
Diameter 15 mm
Thickness 4 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized yes
References SNG Cop# 1029-1030, BMC Greek# 15-69
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum: Royal Collection of Coins and Medals Danish National Museum
by Various authors
(Einar Munksgaard)
A Catalogue of the Greek Coins in the British Museum
by Reginald Stuart Poole, Barclay Vincent Head, Percy Gardner, Warwick William Wroth, George Francis Hill
(British Museum)

Obverse

Persian king or hero right in kneeling position with quiver, holding a spear in his right hand and the bow with his left.

Reverse

Incuse punch.
Countermarks.

Edge

Smooth

Many Siglos may have small signs of punching (countermarks)

Comments

Type IIIa (two bubbles behind the ears - weight < 5.50)
Type IIIb (without two bubbles behind the ears - weight > 5.50)
Type IIIb late (kandys coming down on a regular basis to form an arc from knee - weight > 5.50)

(Siglos some type IIIb in incuse rectangle bring in relief of small representations as a lion's head, a helmet, or otherwise.The fractions for this type are extremely rare.)

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
ND (490 BC - 475 BC)  Type IIIa (Darius I - Xerxes I) 5.30 - 5.39 gr
ND (490 BC - 375 BC)  Type III (Darius I / Artaxerxes II)
ND (485 BC - 420 BC)  1/8 Siglos (0.72 gr) Type IIIb - early (Xerxes I - Darius II)
ND (485 BC - 420 BC)  Type IIIb - early (Xerxes I - Darius II) 5.55 - 5.60 gr
ND (475 BC - 375 BC)  Type IIIb - late (Xerxes I - Artaxerxes II) 5.55 - 5.60 gr
ND (475 BC - 375 BC)  Type IIIb (Helmet)
ND (475 BC - 375 BC)  Type IIIb (lion's head)
ND (450 BC - 375 BC)  Type IIIb - late (Artaxerxes I - Artaxerxes II) 5.55 - 5.60 gr

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