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Persian Empire, Achaemenids, Darius II, Siglos

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Persian Empire, Achaemenids, Darius II, Siglos (obverse) Persian Empire, Achaemenids, Darius II, Siglos (reverse)

Persian coins bore a design that announced the power of the Persian Empire. The image was always the same, from the very beginning of Persian coinage (sometime between 545 and 520 BC) until deep into the 3rd century BC. The typical Persian coin motif was the Persian great king not as a person with individual traits, but as archetype. Being the "Lord of the Bow" as was one of the great king's official titles he was depicted just before hurling his spear against his enemies, and then throwing an arrow to shot it. This silver siglos was most likely minted around 420 BC, under the authority of Darius II.

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