400 BC PERSIAN AV DARIC - RARE ARROW IN BOW
NGC Ch AU Strike: 4/5 Surface: 4/5This is a gold coin of historic proportions from the Achaemenid Empire... hidden away for over 2,500. These gold coins are tied to some of the most momentous events in Ancient Civilization. This is a very timely piece very likely to never be seen again in our lifetime, in incredible condition...This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own one of the world's first gold coins of extreme historical significance, that has survived through a hundred generations!
The Gold Daric of Persia is the First Persian Gold Coin. It's the First International Gold Coin of Ancient international Commence. It's the First Gold Coin mentioned in the Bible's Old Testament. The Gold Daric is referenced 3 separate times. (Chronicles 1 29:7 / Ezra 8:27 / Nehemiah 7:70-72) This coin was born out of the Fall of Babylon by the first Persian King, Cyrus the Great. After the capture the city of Babylon in 539 BC, the ancient world's capital of scholarship and science.
Cyrus' son, King Darius I, introduced this 98 to 99% high purity gold coin in 520 BC. The Obverse depicts an archer, (king/hero) the Reverse has a simple incuse punch mark (size approx. size 15 x 18 mm). King Xerxes, son of Darius, changed the design in 480 BC after the Battle of the Spartan 300. (Thermopylae) The archer is running, holding both a bow and a (Spartan) spear. (Type III Daric)
Alexander the Great conquered the Persians in 329 BC and the Gold Darics, so survivors are excessively rare. Alexander's successors re-coined the Persian gold to strike Alexander Staters around 300 BC.