Persia, Achaemenid Siglos. Rare Type I - Darius I, ca 520-505 BC. (5.32g).

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Seller: abca-c-sllc5hjngh (515) 100%, Location: Coopersville, Michigan, Ships to: US, Item: 264270554592 Darius I, ca 520-505 BC. AR Siglos (5.32g). Sardes mint. Obverse: Half-length bust of Persian King or hero wearing kidaris and kandys, right, holding bow in left hand, arrows in right. Reverse: Rectangular incuse punch.Reference: Carradice Type I (pl. XI, 10); Meadows, Administration 318; BMC Arabia pl. XXVII, 25. Rare Coinage of the Achaemenid Empire was struck in gold and silver and can be broken down into four different design types. Type 1 was struck in silver only and is very rare in any condition. Type 2 was struck in both gold and silver and has the Hero-King with a drawn bow. Type 3 was struck in both metals and has the King with a bow and spear. Type 4 was struck in both metals and has the King with a bow and knife. Silver sigloi Starting around 520 B.C. the Achaemenid (Persian) King Darius I (522 to 486 B.C.) introduced a new coinage, initially just as silver sigloi, and later as both silver sigloi and gold darics. His second arrangement was continued by his successors until the Persian Empire finally was toppled by Alexander III ‘the Great’ in the 330s B.C. It is believed that the Persian royal coins were struck at Sardis in Lydia (in western Asia Minor) and that they circulated throughout many parts of the ancient world. The designs on both the gold and the silver coins were substantively the same, and today numismatists divide these coinages into four primary types. The first (Type I), issued in silver only, features the half-length figure of the Great King (or – as others have suggested – a ‘hero’) holding a handful of arrows. The reverse of this issue (as on all darics and sigloi) bears the impression of a utilitarian incuse punch.The book of Ezra mentions a king named Darius, also known as Darius I. He was the son of Hystaspes, the founder of the Persian dynasty. Darius I was king of Persia from 521 to 486 BC. His reign followed that of Cyrus the Great. Darius I is presented as a good king who helped the Israelites in several ways. Prior to Darius’s reign, the Jews who had returned from the Babylonian Captivity had begun rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem. At that time, Israel’s enemies did everything in their power to disrupt the construction, and they had succeeded in halting the building during the reigns of the kings Ahasuerus and Artaxerxes (Ezra 4:1–24). Composition: Silver

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