Persia AR Siglos, Achaemenid Kings, Xerxes II - Artaxerxes II, Very Fine, 420 - 375 B.C.E.

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PERSIA, ACHAEMENID KINGS XERXES II - ARTAXERXES II AR SIGLOS, 420 - 375 B.C.E.

Carradice type IVb, Very Fine, 15.9mm, 5.53 grams
 
Obverse: Persian King running with drawn bow and dagger

Reverse: Incuse punch

A better well delineated example (especially the dagger and quiver) of type IVb, a usually very crude type!
 
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 refering to when he asked for a 1/3 shekel Temple donation, 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.