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Triton XXIII – Session Two – Greek Coinage Part II through Roman Imperial Coinage Part I

Lot nuber 505

PERSIA, Achaemenid Empire. temp. Artaxerxes I to Xerxes II. Circa 455-420 BC. AV Daric (15mm, 8.33 g). Lydo-Milesian standard. Sardes mint.


Triton XXIII – Session Two – Greek Coinage Part II through Roman Imperial Coinage Part I
Lot: 505.
 Estimated: $ 2 000

Greek, Gold

Sold For $ 6 500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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PERSIA, Achaemenid Empire. temp. Artaxerxes I to Xerxes II. Circa 455-420 BC. AV Daric (15mm, 8.33 g). Lydo-Milesian standard. Sardes mint. Persian king or hero, wearing kidaris and kandys, quiver over shoulder, in kneeling-running stance right, holding dagger (pointed downward) in right hand, bow in left / Incuse punch. Carradice Type IV, Group A (pl. XIII, 32); Meadows, Administration –; BMC Arabia pl. XXVI, 9; Sunrise 27. Underlying luster. Good VF. Well centered.

From the Matthew Curtis Collection. Ex Leu 48 (10 May 1989), lot 262; Hess-Leu 28 (5 May 1965), lot 304.

The reverse punch used here, and the previous and on the following lots, is numismatically interesting as it is known in three different states. On the present and previous coins, of Carradice Type IV Group A, the die is in its original state; a plain incuse rectangle that is canonical in the series. On the next lot, also of Type IV Group A, a small lion head has been added to the punch. This punch was then later altered to remove the lion head, and was used to strike darics of Carradice Type IV, Group B (cf. Triton XVI, lot 580). This denomination was unknown to Carradice for that group, but a handful have since come on the market (see lot 507, below).

The final winners of all Triton XXIII lots will be determined at the live public sale that will be held on 14-15 January 2020. Triton XXIII – Session Two – Greek Coinage Part II through Roman Imperial Coinage Part I will be held Tuesday afternoon, 14 January 2020 beginning at 2:00 PM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and in person at the public auction, 22.50% for all others.