PERSIA ARCHAIC SILVER SIGLOS___After 450BC___DARIUS to ARTAXERXES____Achaemenid

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FRASCATIUS ANCIENTS

A BEAUTIFUL SILVER SIGLOS OF LYDIA (ACHAEMENID EMPIRE) (FIRST PERSIAN EMPIRE) FROM AFTER 450 BC.

They minted their sigloi from 94% to 98% pure silver. So this ancient siglos is a solid chunk of almost pure silver.

THE SIZE IS 14.9 MM AND 5.38 GRAMS.

Sear 4683

OBVERSE - Bearded archer (The Great King) kneeling right, holding dagger and bow

REVERSE - Oblong Punch

Although they kept large stores of silver and gold bullion on hand in their various capitals it was only struck as coinage for specific purposes. There was no constant output of coins for general circulation sponsored by the administration. Thus silver sigloi were probably issued to fund the huge mercenary armies employed by both Great Kings and local satraps alike. This siglos could have been used to finance the army of King Darius III in his quest to defeat Alexander the Great.

Sigloi may also have been used to pay for building projects and international intrigue. Sparta and the Peloponnesian League finally defeated the Athenian Empire in 404 BC partly thanks to the funds provided by the Lydian kings.

Many sigloi bear small countermarks, possibly the signets of money changers. A countermark usually attest that the coin was examined and certified, and sometimes tested/weighed for silver content.

The Ancient Lydian Empire dominated the Region from 612-330 BC. They ruled an empire which consisted of Egypt, and parts of Asia Minor and India. Their capital was founded by King Darius the Great (522-486 BC).

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