Ancient Middle Eastern Coins

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Darius II. AR Siglos_obv

Darius II. AR Siglos.

Persia, Achaemenid Empire. Darius II. Ca. 423-404 B.C. AR Siglos. Persian king kneeling holding bow & spear / Incuse punch. Very Fine & Scarce archaic issue. He took advantage of the Peloponnesian War between Sparta and Athens to play both sides, ultimately choosing to fund Sparta who won.
£220.00
Wahram V_Silver_Drachm

Wahram V, Silver Drachm

The Sasanians were the last ruling dynasty of the ancient Persian Empire and controlled what is now Iran from A.D. 224-651. They constantly captured and lost large areas of territory outside Iran and were a major power in Western Asia, even capturing the Roman Emperor Valerian in A.D. 260! Interestingly though they do not leave many direct sources but the rulers were keen on producing coins to spread their name, so their coinage provides a direct insight into their world and the system of mints which spanned their empire. This means we are offering you the best way to learn about these peoples and a coin for your collection! Adding to this these are high quality silver drachms, containing around 95% pure silver which is about as good as it was technically possible to achieve at that point in history. We have two small groups in an exceptional grade from the Scarce consecutive rulers Yazdgerd I and Wahram V, his son. The obverse of the coins show the bust of the ruler facing right with their name written in front and various honorary titles behind the neck. The reverse shows an altar with the holy fire guarded by two standing figures. To the left of the altar is usually the regnal year and to the right is the mint mark (siglum). Presented here is the Wahram V Silver Drachm The best thing about these coins is their grade, they are virtually as struck and as good as you will get. Own an exotic piece of history from this enigmatic empire! PLEASE NOTE WE ARE UNABLE TO ACCEPT PAYPAL AS PAYMENT FOR THIS ITEM
£129.50
Bronze_windows_Mite

Widow's Mite

This small bronze coin was the smallest coin in Jewish currency, issued ca 103-76BC. It is best known because of what Jesus Christ said about it. When a widow gave one as a gift for charity, a merchant made fun of her. Jesus said (Mark 12:41-44 and Luke 21:1), ‘This poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast in the treasury’. In other words, the Mite or Prutah meant more to that woman than the gold given by the rich man. We have a nice selection of these small, well circulated, and important bronze coins. Great as a gift as most people have heard of the fabled Widow’s Mite. Don’t expect them to be anything but a small crudely struck bronze coin, but do expect to have something that is rather important in history as well as in life.
£19.50
Yazdgerd I_Silver_Drachm_obv

Yazdgerd I, Silver Drachm

The Sasanians were the last ruling dynasty of the ancient Persian Empire and controlled what is now Iran from A.D. 224-651. They constantly captured and lost large areas of territory outside Iran and were a major power in Western Asia, even capturing the Roman Emperor Valerian in A.D. 260! Interestingly though they do not leave many direct sources but the rulers were keen on producing coins to spread their name, so their coinage provides a direct insight into their world and the system of mints which spanned their empire. This means we are offering you the best way to learn about these peoples and a coin for your collection! Adding to this these are high quality silver drachms, containing around 95% pure silver which is about as good as it was technically possible to achieve at that point in history. We have two small groups in an exceptional grade from the Scarce consecutive rulers Yazdgerd I and Wahram V, his son. The obverse of the coins show the bust of the ruler facing right with their name written in front and various honorary titles behind the neck. The reverse shows an altar with the holy fire guarded by two standing figures. To the left of the altar is usually the regnal year and to the right is the mint mark (siglum). Presented here is the Yazdgered I Silver Drachm. The best thing about these coins is their grade, they are virtually as struck and as good as you will get. Own an exotic piece of history from this enigmatic empire! PLEASE NOTE WE ARE UNABLE TO ACCEPT PAYPAL AS PAYMENT FOR THIS ITEM
£129.50