PERSIAN ASIA MINOR, Achaemenid Empire. Time of Darios I to Xerxes II, circa 485-420 BC. Daric (Gold, 12mm, 8.31 g), Sardes. Persian king in the running-kneeling position to right, holding transverse spear in his right hand and bow in his left; quiver over his shoulder. Rev. Oblong irregular incuse. BMC Arabia pl. XXIV, 26. Carradice Type IIIb A/B and pl. XIII, 27. A wonderful, beautifully struck example. By far the finest example we have ever seen. Virtually as struck.
From a collection in the USA.
Persian darics were produced in huge numbers for use in the western part of the Empire. They were struck rapidly, often using worn dies, and had a considerable amount of circulation. The quality of the present piece is very unusual: it must have been carefully struck from absolutely fresh dies, and it must have been put into storage almost immediately thereafter.
|Price realized||12'600 CHF|
|Starting price||11'200 CHF|