Royal Persian Coinage. ca. 450 to 330 BC. Rare type with Lion's scalp on reverse die.

Ancient Coins - Royal Persian Coinage. ca. 450 to 330 BC. Rare type with Lion's scalp on reverse die.
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I have seen this reverse type as described as a lion's scalp, and a lion's paw, and it could actually be either one depending on the way you look at it when only looking at one specimen, but having seen a number of them recently, I believe it is actually a full face of a lion looking straight out at you, as some of the nicer specimens have clearly raised ears.

Denomination : Silver siglos.

Date : Carradice dates this series to between 420 and 375 BC.

Reference : BMC Arabia #122.  Carradice (obverse) type IVB.

Size : 12.7 x 14.8 mm. Weight : 5.47 grams.

Grade : good Fine with a clear lion's face.

Obverse : Persian King running right holding a bow in front and a dagger behind.

Reverse : Incuse irregular punch with a small lion's face engraved into the die. 

Examples with designs engraved into the reverse die are scarce.  Of the two examples of this type I have had in the past few years, both were struck with the same reverse punch.

Price SKU: vcoin5030
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Rates for: 06/19/18

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