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Achaemenid Kings, time of Darius I to Xerxes II c 485-470 BC
Silver siglos.
The Achaemenid Persian empire was the largest that the ancient world had ever seen. It reached from Anatolia and Egypt across western Asia to northern India and Central Asia. Its formation began in 550 B.C., when King Astyages of Media was defeated by his southern neighbor Cyrus II "the Great", king of Persia (559–530 B.C.). King Croesus, the king of Lydia, took advantage of the fall of Media to push east and clashed with Persian forces. The Persians prevailed and after a two-week siege took Sardis. In 539 B.C. Persian forces defeated the Babylonians restoring temples and releasing political prisoners. Cyrus' sent his son Cambyses to conquer Egypt in 525 B.C. After a ten-day siege, Egypt's ancient capital Memphis fell to the Persians. Greece was left but was never conquered after the two Persian wars in 490 and 480 BC. These issues began to appear between the two Persian wars. Obverse Persian King walking/kneeling holding a bow up on his left hand and spear with other. Reverse irregular incuse punch.
Mint: Asia Minor
Provenance: Private acquisition

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