Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by kazuma78, Jul 22, 2021.
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@kazuma78 . Well done!
PERSIA, Achaemenid Empire.
Darios I to Xerxes II. Circa 485-420 BCE
AV Daric (14mm, 8.30 g).
Persian king or hero, wearing kidaris and kandys, quiver over shoulder, in kneeling-running stance right, holding spear in right hand, bow in left /
Carradice Type IIIb, Group A/B (pl. XIII, 27);
Meadows, Administration 321; BMC Arabia pl. XXIV, 26
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)
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
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!
Very nice! I love Persian darics.
Where did you buy it?
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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