Achaemenid Kings of Persia AR Siglos, SCARCE early type, 505 - 480 B.C.E.

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PERSIA, LYDIA, ACHAEMENID KINGS DARIOS I - XERXES I AR SIGLOS, 505 - 480 B.C.E.

Carradice type II, 14.2mm, 5.34 grams
 
Obverse: Persian king in kneeling-running stance to right and drawing bow

Reverse: Incuse punch

An attractive VG to F on excellent metal with nice even wear and excellent centering.

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