Persia, Achaemenid Kings AR Siglos, About Very Fine, Xerxes I - Darios II, 485 - 420 B.C.E. SOLD

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PERSIA, ACHAEMENID KINGS XERXES I - DARIUS II AR SIGLOS, 485 - 420 B.C.E.

Carradice type IIIb A/B, About Very Fine, 15.4mm, 5.54 grams
 
Obverse: Persian King running with drawn bow and spear

Reverse: Incuse punch

Very attractive example with virtually complete motifs, struck on excellent metal with nice even wear!
  
Biblical Coin which circulated around the time of King Ahaseurus and Queen Esther. This denomination is 1/3 of a Persian Shekel. This amount is probably what Nehemia was referring to when he asked the Judaean populace for a 1/3 shekel donation for the rebuilding of the Temple precincts, i.e. 1/3 of a Persian shekel was exactly the same weight as 1/2 of a Judaean shekel, the half shekel Temple tax (Machazit HaShekel) at the time.