Siglos - Xerxes I / Darius II - 486-405 BC THE ROYAL COINAGE - 3rd type B - early

Siglos - Xerxes I / Darius II - 486-405 BC (THE ROYAL COINAGE - 3rd type B - early) -  obverse Siglos - Xerxes I / Darius II - 486-405 BC (THE ROYAL COINAGE - 3rd type B - early) -  reverse

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Country Achaemenid Empire
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 485 BC - 420 BC
Value AR Siglos = 1/60 Mina (unit)= 1/20 Daric (1/20)
Metal Silver (.950)
Weight 5.33 g
Diameter 15 mm
Shape Round (irregular)
Demonetized yes
References SNG Cop# 1030, Barclay VH# Plate I - 25, BMC Greek# 15-69
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum: Royal Collection of Coins and Medals Danish National Museum
by Various authors
(Einar Munksgaard)
The coinage of Lydia and Persia; 1877 (Reprint 1923)
by Barclay Vincent Head
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.

Possibility of countermarks.


Irregular incuse of oblong form.

Possibility of countermarks.




Brit Mus Plate I 25

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 (485 BC - 420 BC)  Possibly introduced in connection with the accession of Xerxes, c. 485 B.C.

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