Siglos - Xerxes I / Artaxerxes II - 486-358 BC THE ROYAL COINAGE - 3rd type B

Siglos - Xerxes I / Artaxerxes II - 486-358 BC (THE ROYAL COINAGE - 3rd type B) -  obverse Siglos - Xerxes I / Artaxerxes II - 486-358 BC (THE ROYAL COINAGE - 3rd type B) -  reverse

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Country Achaemenid Empire
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 470 BC - 420 BC
Value AR Siglos = 1/60 Mina (unit)= 1/20 Daric (1/20)
Metal Silver (.950)
Weight 5.34 g
Diameter 13 mm
Thickness 4 mm
Shape Round (irregular)
Demonetized yes
References SNG Cop# 1030, BMC Greek# 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)


The king, bearded, crowned, and clad in the Persian "candys", kneeling right on one knee, at his back a quiver, in his right a spear, and in his outstretched left a strung bow.
Bankers mark.

Possibility of countermarks.


Irregular incuse

Possibility of countermarks.




Brit Mus Plate I 25
Type IIIb
Kneeling-running figure of the Great King right, transverse spear with point downward in right, bow in left, bearded, crowned. Sardis mint. Possibly introduced in connection with the accession of Xerxes.
Drapery with naturalistic fold over the advanced left knee, no pellets, sometimes appears beardless, often cartoon-like or crude, sometimes an elongated face, sometimes quiver not visible, significant variation in style.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
ND (470 BC - 450 BC)  Sardis mint
ND (455 BC - 420 BC)  Sardis mint (Artaxerxes I)

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