Ancient Coins – Choice Persian Coins on MA-Shops

GRIECHEN Königreich der Achämeniden Typ IV Siglos 455-420 v.Chr.
Greece. Siglos Carradice – Achaemenid Empire

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Typical Design of Persian coins

The conquest of Cyrus of the Lydian Kingdom in the 540s BCE and of Babylonia in the 530s BCE extended the area of his power enormously beyond Iran. His son, Cambyses II (530-522 BCE), didn’t stop conquering other areas: he conquered Cyrene, Egypt and parts of Nubia.

Siglos Carradice – Achaemenid empire

Weight: 5.42 g
Diameter: 16.00 mm
700.00 US$

Under Darius the Great (522-485 BCE), the Achaemenid Empire reached from the Indus River in the east, to Thrace and Macedonia in the Northwest, and from Syr Darya in Central Asia to Nubia in Africa. The coins of the Persian empire appeared in their own style for the first time before 500 BCE.

Here below are other examples of coins of the Persian empire:

Greek Persia - Darius II - Artaxerxes II
Greek Persia – Darius II – Artaxerxes II

Greek Persia – Darius II – Artaxerxes II

423 – 359. AV Daric, about 400 BC. King with a lance and bow r. / irregular incusum
2,550.00 US$

They probably adopted the whole idea of coins from the Lydian Kingdom who invented coinage as we know it in the western world. They converted this Lydian invention to their own traditions. Two main denominations appeared: the silver Sigoloi and the gold Darics. The coins of the Persians are very typical in their design. On their static iconography you can see the king himself in a variety of warlike poses. Nevertheless, it must be remind that these coins weren’t the only coins which circulated in the Persian empire. One of many examples is that there is evidence that on Persian authority imitations of the well-known Athenian tetradrachm are minted[1]

Persian Imperial Coinage, Daric

The Great King kneeling r., holding bow and spear
1,850.00 US$


[1] Weisser, B. (2006). “Herrscherbild und Münzporträt in Kleinasien.” In Historisches Museum der Pfalz Speyer: 71–85.

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