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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

Features

Country Achaemenid Empire
(Persia)
Type Common 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)

Obverse

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

Reverse

Incuse square

Comments

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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