PERSIA, LYDIA, ACHAEMENID KINGS DARIOS I - XERXES II AR SIGLOS, 485 - 420 B.C.E.
Carradice type IIIb, Fine+, 15.1mm, 5.51 grams
Obverse: Persian King running with drawn bow and spear
Reverse: Incuse punch
Nicely centered with a rather clear portrait. Coin has two countermarks but interestingly they do not appear on the coin but ONLY on the rim. We cannot recall seeing something like this before. One is a paw like incuse, the other a horseshoe. Both are visible on the photos.
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.