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    Early 'Shooting' Daric

    PERSIA. Achaemenid Empire. Darius I - Xerxes I (ca. 505-480 BC). AV daric (15mm, 8.34 gm). NGC MS 4/5 - 4/5. Persian Great King in kneeling-running stance right, wearing kidaris (crown) and royal robe (kandys), quiver slung on back, drawing back bow and preparing to shoot arrow / Rectangular incuse punch with irregular interior surface. Carradice Type II (pl. XI, 11). Meadows, Administration 319. Sunrise Collection 19. Rare early issue! Well struck and nicely centered on a nice, oval flan.


    After the conquest of the Lydian Kingdom circ a 546 BC, the Achaemenid Persian Empire quickly adopted the Lydian concept of coinage and converted the recently invented gold stater into a new denomination, the daric, named after the Persian Great King Darius. Darics depicted a stylized image of the Great King in a martial pose. The second phase of the daric coinage, seen here, depicts the Great King kneeling and drawing a bow, preparing to shoot an arrow. Later issues somewhat simplified the design and show the King holding a spear and bow, or a bow and dagger. Phase II darics were almost impossible to obtain until a small number appeared on the market recently.  This example, perfectly centered on a roundish fashion, ranks among the finest of these early darics.


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