PERSIA, Achaemenid Empire. Time of Artaxerxes III to Darios III. c. 359/358-333 BC

PERSIA, Achaemenid Empire. Time of Artaxerxes III to Darios III. c. 359/358-333 BC

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AR Tetradrachm, 13.50g (24mm, 8h). The Persian Great King, wearing kidaris and kandys, in kneeling-running stance to right, drawing bow. Rev. Warrior, wearing kyrbasia, on horseback right, thrusting spear with his right hand; above to right, star.

References: Konuk, Influences, Group 8, 2 and pl. XXX, 22. SNG Ashmolean (Caria) 381

Grade: Light die rust on the obverse and areas of flatness, otherwise, Good VF  (gk1199)

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The Achaemenid Dynasty began sometime in the 7th century BC with its founder Achaemenes. This Iranian based kingdom was a power house militarily and expanded their empire throughout the east and across to western Asia Minor. The coins from the Achaemenids typically show the great warrior king on the obverse. This coin was struck just previous to the crumbling of the empire by Alexander III, the Great.