Some Persian Pickups

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by kirispupis, Dec 5, 2021.

  1. kirispupis

    kirispupis Supporter! Supporter

    Thought I'd show the latest coins I picked up.

    Until recently, this was my darkest secret. Yes, in my collection of "Philip II, Alexander III, and the Era of the Diadochi", I didn't have a coin attributed to Darius III. Yes. I didn't have a coin from Alexander's primary antagonist.

    Some of you may point out that I still don't have one, since many attribute this no later that Ataxerxes III. Well, that's close enough for me. I held out until I found one with decent details.
    Achaemenid Kings of Persia
    AR-Siglos 5.6 gm, 15mm
    Sardis. c. 375-340 BCE
    Obv: King r., dagger and bow. Rev: Incuse rectangle
    Carradice Type IV C (pl.14, 49); BMC Arabia pl. 27, 19
    Ex Akropolis Coins (@PeteB)​

    Dionysios was the second husband of Amastris. He was also the ultimate player in the ancient game of thrones, first striking an alliance with Kleopatra of Macedon (Alexander's sister), then playing nice with Antigonos I Monophthalmos. Legend has it that he died from extreme obesity.
    BITHYNIA, Herakleia Pontika.
    Dionysios, 337-305 BCE
    AR Drachm 4.4 gm, 12h, 18mm
    Obv: Head of young Dionysos, left. Rev: Naked Herakles erecting a trophy.
    Ex Akropolis Coins(@PeteB) ​

    I must admit to having passed up multiple Autophradates coins because I didn't realize he played a significant part against Alexander III. I thought he was too old at that time, but he led the entire Persian fleet.
    Autophradates, Satrap of Lydia
    392-388 BCE; Satrap of Ionia and Lydia, 380-355 BCE.
    AE 10 mm, 1.3 gm
    Obv: Head right, wearing satrapal headdress.
    Rev: Grain ear and Monoskelis.
    W.Weiser, NNB 9, 199 17; Winzer 11.8
    Ex Gitbud Naumann
    Ex Praefectus Coins​
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  3. robinjojo

    robinjojo Supporter! Supporter

    That siglos has a really nice obverse!
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  4. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    I agree. Those tend to be struck on small flans and lose either the crown, bow or dagger. It would be asking too much to find a siglos with shoes on flan. I don't recall seeing a type IV with feet except on smaller fractions. Of course my 1/12 is well worn but has centering not seen on the big ones.
  5. Cherd

    Cherd Junior Member Supporter


    Even Nerva would make fun of that guy's schnoz!
  6. kirispupis

    kirispupis Supporter! Supporter

    I wonder what kind of shoes he was wearing? Nike?

    Also, how the heck can he use the bow if the other hand has a dagger?
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  8. Deacon Ray

    Deacon Ray Ancient Kingdoms Supporter

    Great coins, @kirispupis . The age of the coins is amazing.

    I have one which is also my oldest coin.


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