ACHAEMENID EMPIRE GOLD DARIC – EXTREMELY RARE VARIANT WITH CROSS SYMBOL – AU NGC GRADED PERSIAN COIN (Inv. 16366)
PERSIA. ACHAEMENID KINGS. Ca. 485-420 BC.
Gold Daric, 8.31 g, 15 mm.
Obv. King running right, carrying bow and spear, quiver on shoulder, cross-like symbol in exergue.
Rev. Incuse punch.
Carradice, Type IIIb, Group A/B (pl. XIII, 27) var. (lacking cross); CNG 105, 5/10/2017, lot 441 (cross on exergue line).
NGC graded AU, Strike 4/5, Surface 4/5, a specimen of an extremely rare variety that has been discovered recently. Darics generally bear no control symbols of any type, however this variant with a cross-like symbol overlapping the exergue line was first documented in 2017. The present coin is a superior specimen of the same variety, struck from different dies.
Published: Vilmar Numismatics, Fixed Price List I, lot 84.
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