Ancients: Samaria (late 4th century BC). AR ma'ah-obol (10mm, 0.60 gm, 3h)....
Persian Immortals DepictedSamaria (late 4th century BC). AR ma'ah-obol (10mm, 0.60 gm, 3h). Two soldiers standing with spears and shields confronting each other, within square border / Two figures standing confronting each other the left figure holds a long scepter or spear and the right figure, in incuse, holds a shield and long scepter or spear. M-Q SC 50. M-Q CS 90. Samuels 25 (this coin). NGC XF 4/5 - 4/5.
Ex Shoshana II (Heritage Long Beach, 5 September 2012), lot 20041.
The soldiers depicted on this remarkable little coin appear to be the Persian king's personal body guard, the famous Immortals, who numbers were kept perpetually at 10,000. Similar images can still be seen on bas reliefs from the royal palace at Persepolis.
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