Achaemenid Empire, Lydia, Artaxerxes I to Darius III, AV Daric, 450-350 B.C., AU NGC
8.27 grams, 17mm. Fr. 458-460. This type was minted in Lydia in Anatolia while under Persian control, prior to the conquest by Alexander the Great. The Persian or Achaemenid Empire (c. 550 - 330 B.C.) was the largest empire in ancient history extending across Asia, Africa and Europe, including Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, parts of Central Asia, Asia Minor, Thrace and Macedonia, much of the Black Sea coastal regions, Iraq, Northern Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Palestine and Israel, Lebanon, Syria, and much of ancient Egypt as far west as Libya. Obverse: kneeling-running figure of the Great King right, spear in right, bow in left, bearded, crowned; reverse: oblong punch.