Achaemenid Empire

[achaemenid]

a c h a e m e n i d s

An ancient Persian dynasty whose kings ruled from 559 to 330 BC, when Darius III was defeated by Alexander the Great.



r e f e r e n c e s


Central and Eastern Satrapies


Anonymous (circa 500 - 300 BC)
AR Satamana
Mitchiner ACW 152; 4076
43 x 10 x 3 mm.
10.67 gm.
Die position=n/a
Obverse: Septa-radiate symbol at each end; three other punchmarks (single pellet, heart shape with two pellets [Jalalabad (?)], two crescents, one pellet, two 'insects' [Taxila (?)].
Reverse: Blank.


Anonymous (circa 500 - 300 BC)
AR Satamana
Mitchiner ACW 4073v.
36 x 10 x 4 mm.
8.08 gm.
Die position=n/a
Obverse: Septa-radiate symbol at each end.
Reverse: Blank.


Anonymous (circa 500 - 300 BC)
AR 1/8 Satamana
Mitchiner
14 x 12 mm.
0.92 gm.
Die position=n/a
Obverse: Septa-radiate symbol.
Reverse: Blank.


Anonymous (circa 500 - 300 BC)
AR 1/8 Satamana
Mitchiner ACW 153
14 mm.
1.25 gm.
Die position=n/a
Obverse: Septa-radiate symbol.
Reverse: Blank.


Achaemenid Kings


Darius I to Artaxerxes I (490 - 460 BC)
AR Siglos
SGCv2 4682; Mitchiner ACW 106; Carradice type IIIa
15 x 15 x 4 mm.
5.49 gm.
Die position=n/a
Obverse: Bearded, crowned king wearing quiver, running right; holding spear and bow. Bankers' marks.
Reverse: Oblong punch. Bankers' marks.
Note: Courtesy Jamison T. Graff collection.


Artaxerxes I to Artaxerxes II (450 - 370 BC)
AR Siglos
SGCv2 4683v.; Mitchiner ACW 111v.; Carradice type IVa
16 x 14 mm.
5.57 gm.
Die position=n/a
Obverse: Bearded (?), crowned king running right; holding dagger and bow. Mark or letter (Aramaic (?)) behind head. Traces of dotted border at bottom (!)
Reverse: Oblong punch.
Note: This coin has an odd style; perhaps from an eastern mint.


Artaxerxes II to Darius III (390 - 320 BC)
AR Siglos
SGCv2 4682; Mitchiner ACW 106; Carradice type IIIc
16 x 13 mm.
5.54 gm.
Die position=n/a
Obverse: Bearded, crowned king wearing quiver, running right; holding spear and bow.
Reverse: Oblong punch.


Artaxerxes II to Darius III (390 - 300 BC)
AR Siglos
SGCv2 4683v.; Mitchiner ACW 110; Carradice type IVb
14 x 15 x 4 mm.
5.42 gm.
Die position=n/a
Obverse: Bearded, crowned king running right; holding dagger and bow.
Reverse: Oblong punch.
Note: Courtesy Jamison T. Graff collection.


Artaxerxes II to Darius III (390 - 300 BC)
AR Siglos
Carradice type ___
12 x 14 mm.
5.44 gm.
Die position=n/a
Obverse: Crowned king running right; holding dagger and bow.
Reverse: Oblong punch.


Artaxerxes II to Darius III (390 - 300 BC)
AR Siglos
Carradice type ___
13 x 14 mm.
5.67 gm.
Die position=n/a
Obverse: Crowned king running right; holding dagger and bow.
Reverse: Oblong punch.


Artaxerxes II to Darius III (390 - 300 BC)
AR 1/8 Siglos
Carradice type ___
8 mm.
0.85 gm.
Die position=n/a
Obverse: King running right holding dagger.
Reverse: Blank; incuse.


Satraps of Caria


Memnon (?) (circa 349-333 BC)
AR Tetradrachm
Mitchiner ACW -; Hurter/Price P132, 32v.
20 x 21 x 4 mm.
14.64 gm.
Die position=12h
Obverse:
Reverse:
Note: Courtesy Peter A. Linenthal collection.


Satraps of Cappadocia

Satraps of Cilicia

Satraps of Babylonia

Phoenicia

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