Picked up a nice Daric

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by kazuma78, Jul 22, 2021.

  1. kazuma78

    kazuma78 Supporter! Supporter

    I picked this Daric up and finally got it in the mail today. Its difficult to find these with most of the detail on the flan, well struck and that don't have die shift. I had been looking for one for awhile and after I lost all my lots at Nomos and NAC, this was my fall back after seeing it in March listed for sale. I specifically wanted one of the earlier Darics from the time of Darius I. This is probably one of the better ones I've seen of the earlier types, even though it isn't perfect. I don't really care about the slab, but I'll probably leave it there for posterity so its easier for my wife to sell if I ever get hit by a train or something. Feel free to post your Darics!
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  3. Nicholas Molinari

    Nicholas Molinari Well-Known Member

    Excellent coin!
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  4. happy_collector

    happy_collector Well-Known Member

    Great coin, with excellent details. Thanks for sharing!
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  5. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    Congrats, @kazuma78 . Well done!


    PERSIA, Achaemenid Empire.
    Darios I to Xerxes II. Circa 485-420 BCE
    AV Daric (14mm, 8.30 g).
    Lydo-Milesian standard.
    Sardes mint.
    Persian king or hero, wearing kidaris and kandys, quiver over shoulder, in kneeling-running stance right, holding spear in right hand, bow in left /
    Incuse punch.
    Carradice Type IIIb, Group A/B (pl. XIII, 27);
    Meadows, Administration 321; BMC Arabia pl. XXIV, 26
    Ex: CNG
  6. physics-fan3.14

    physics-fan3.14 You got any more of them.... prooflikes? Supporter

    Wow! That is a really nice one!
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  7. Kavax

    Kavax Well-Known Member

    congrats ! very nice coin ! well centered with fine details but i'm afraid it's not one of the earlier Darics from the time of Darius I

    What is the reference given by the auction house ?

    according to the arrangement of Carradice, your coin is a type IIIb group C (c.420-375 BC)

    Your coin is a matching reverse die of Carradice 42 "which can safely be termed fourth-century" (page 87)

    Carradice 42.JPG

    Carradice 42 revers.jpg

    According to Hill and Babelon, these darics (Hill group E i.e. BMC 58-60) were struck under Artaxerxes II

    EDIT : Cool your coin is a matching dies of BMC 58 plate XXV 12

    Carradice BMC plate XXV 12.jpg
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2021
  8. kazuma78

    kazuma78 Supporter! Supporter

    I should have been more clear in my initial post, I've seen this type labeled as Darius I- Artaxerxes II but didn't attribute it yet so I was being lazy and just labeled it as Darius, which isn't correct. Thanks for doing that for me!
  9. Gam3rBlake

    Gam3rBlake Supporter! Supporter

    Very nice! I love Persian darics.

    Where did you buy it?
  10. AncientJoe

    AncientJoe Supporter! Supporter

    Congratulations, it's a superb coin! I wish it weren't in a slab to be able to take a better photograph of it but I suspect it's quite lustrous and attractive in person.
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  11. kazuma78

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    It's very attractive in person, the slab is bloated like NGC slabs can get, so I may crack it out yet. The original lustrous surfaces are pretty cool in hand. It will be a very difficult coin to photograph because of it.
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