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Persian Empire, Achaemenids, Darius I the Great, 1/8 Siglos

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Persian Empire, Achaemenids, Darius I the Great, 1/8 Siglos (obverse) Persian Empire, Achaemenids, Darius I the Great, 1/8 Siglos (reverse)

The foundation of the first distinctively Persian coinage is credited to Darius I (522-486 BC), one of the most significant Great Kings of the Achaemenid Empire. All the coins of the Achaemenid currency bore the same motif the Persian Great King as an archer. In gold, Darius had darics minted, named after himself. In silver the siglos was issued. This little silver coin is a 1/8 siglos. Despite its tininess the coin weighs 0.65 gram and has a diameter of 7 millimeters this pipsqueak depicts the typical motif.

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