AR Siglos of Darius the Great
money; coins (money)
The obverse of the coin is an image of Darius the Great, King of the Achaemenid Persian Empire, holding a lance while running. This depiction of the king shows him as heroic, as a fearsome warrior who had recently conquered the area from Greek leadership. On the reverse side of the coin is a control mark. The denomination, siglos, derived from the Hebrew "shekel" and attests to Persian connections to Judea and the empire's incorporation of all (conquered) lands.
Darius, King of Persia
ARTH250 (Professor V. Rousseau, fall 2019)
University Art Collection, University of St. Thomas (St. Paul)
Achaemenid Empire, Persia, Sardis, Lydia