420-375 BC 5th-4th Century AV Daric NGC AU★ 5/5 - 5/5

$4,500.00 USD


ACHAEMENID PERSIA. Time of Xerxes II-Artaxerxes II (ca. 420-375 BC). AV daric (15mm, 8.38 gm). NGC AU ★ 5/5 - 5/5. Persian Great King in kneeling-running position right, wearing kidaris (crown with four points) and kandys (royal robe), holding transverse spear with round end on right hand and bow in left; quiver with three arrows over shoulder / Rectangular incuse punch with rough interior. Carradice Type IIIb, Group C. BMC Arabia pl. XXV, 12; Sunrise 28.

The ancient practice for minting coins consisted of using an oven for heating blanks or "flans," tongs for handling hot flans, a table or bench on which an anvil was mounted, and a pair of dies struck with a heavy hammer to impress the design into the flan.

Additional Rarity: An AV Daric MS 5/5-5/5 sold at auction on January 3, 2016 for $28,200.