Siglos - Darius I / Xerxes I - 522-465 BC THE ROYAL COINAGE - 3rd type A

Siglos - Darius I / Xerxes I - 522-465 BC (THE ROYAL COINAGE - 3rd type A) -  obverse Siglos - Darius I / Xerxes I - 522-465 BC (THE ROYAL COINAGE - 3rd type A) -  reverse


Country Achaemenid Empire
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 490 BC - 475 BC
Value AR Siglos = 1/60 Mina (unit)= 1/20 Daric (1/20)
Metal Silver (.950)
Weight 5.3 g
Diameter 15 mm
Shape Round (ireegular)
Demonetized yes
References SNG Cop# 1030, BMC Greek# 15
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)


Persian king in kneeling-running stance right, holding spear and bow, quiver over shoulder.
Usually two pellets behind beard


Incuse square


Particular:  two pellets behind beard

Lighter weight standard, c. 5.30 - 5.39 g, is the most important distinction from Type IIIb but it is difficult to determine intended weight with wear. Usually two pellets behind beard, generally a life-like well proportioned figure, V-shaped folds on front of drapery, long beard with flat end, quiver visible.  Possibly introduced in connection with the accession of Xerxes, c. 486 B.C.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
ND (490 BC - 475 BC) 
ND (490 BC - 475 BC)  Sardis mint

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