ITEM #1196, ANCIENT PERSIAN EMPIRE ACHAEMENID KINGS, (SARDIS) AR SIGLOS, TEMP. ARTAXERXES II-ARTAXERXES III (CA. BC 375-340), WITH DAGGER?, QUIVER AND BOW TYPE, LYDIA (Ach 210)

Ancient Coins - ITEM #1196, ANCIENT PERSIAN EMPIRE ACHAEMENID KINGS, (SARDIS) AR SIGLOS, TEMP. ARTAXERXES II-ARTAXERXES III (CA. BC 375-340), WITH DAGGER?, QUIVER AND BOW TYPE, LYDIA (Ach 210)
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Achaemenid Kings, Persia
period from 520 to 336 BC
 
A Group of Silver SIGLOI from an Old Collection
 
Recently, I purchased an old group of sigloi, that seems a mixed varieties in different grades and conditions and of course most with banker's punch marks revalidating the re-use of them. Each coin had a tag number that I will provide in each posting. To those who collect various stamp marks on these coins, this may be a chance. Prices are determined based on their grades and conditions. (Cyrus Coin)
 
Ach #210
 
weight: 5.41
Size: Silver siglos, round-shaped 15 mm.
Obverse: Persian king or hero, wearing kidaris and kandys, holding a bow up on his left hand and a dagger down with other. Quiver on his shoulder
Reverse: Irregular incuse punch.
Minted: in Asia Minor (perhaps Sardis)
Notes: There is one banker's test on obverse/ and multiple numbers? on reverse.
Reference: Carradice Type IVc (ca. 375-340 BC).
 
Historical comments: The Achaemenid Persian empire was the largest that the ancient world had seen, extending from Anatolia and Egypt across western Asia to northern India and Central Asia. Its formation began in 550 B.C., when King Astyages of Media, who dominated much of Iran and eastern Anatolia (Turkey), was defeated by his southern neighbor Cyrus II ("the Great"), king of Persia (r. 559–530 B.C.). This upset the balance of power in the Near East. The Lydians of western Anatolia under King Croesus took advantage of the fall of Media to push east and clashed with Persian forces. The Lydian army withdrew for the winter but the Persians advanced to the Lydian capital at Sardis, which fell after a two-week siege. The Lydians had been allied with the Babylonians and Egyptians and Cyrus now had to confront these major powers. The Babylonian empire controlled Mesopotamia and the eastern Mediterranean. In 539 B.C., Persian forces defeated the Babylonian army at the site of Opis, east of the Tigris. Cyrus entered Babylon and presented himself as a traditional Mesopotamian monarch, restoring temples and releasing political prisoners. The one western power that remained unconquered in Cyrus' lightning campaigns was Egypt. It was left to his son Cambyses to rout the Egyptian forces in the eastern Nile Delta in 525 B.C. After a ten-day siege, Egypt's ancient capital Memphis fell to the Persians.

Prix SKU: 1196
US$ 42.00
  • € 35.32
  • £ 30.26
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  • CHF 38.69
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Cotation au: 06/21/21

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