• latw-32_4-32_6-1
    Silver Persian siglos, no. Izmir 2844, from a hoard. Obverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
  • latw-32_4-32_6-2
    Silver Persian siglos, no. Izmir 2844, from a hoard. Reverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
  • latw-32_4-32_6-3
    Silver Persian siglos, no. Izmir 2845, from a hoard. Obverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
  • latw-32_4-32_6-4
    Silver Persian siglos, no. Izmir 2845, from a hoard. Reverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
  • latw-32_4-32_6-5
    Silver Persian siglos, no. Izmir 2846, from a hoard. Obverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)
  • latw-32_4-32_6-6
    Silver Persian siglos, no. Izmir 2846, from a hoard. Reverse. (Courtesy of the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul)

Hoard of Coins from Old Smyrna/Bayraklı: Three Silver Persian Sigloi

Date
Last quarter of the sixth century BC, Late Lydian (Persian)
Museum
Izmir, Archaeological Museum, 2844-2846
Inventory No.
2844-2846
Material
Silver
Object Type
Coin
Coin Denomination
Siglos
Coin Mint
Sardis
Site
Old Smyrna/Bayraklı
Description
Three silver sigloi of Achaemenid type. Obverse: kneeling or running figure of the Persian king, facing right, wearing kidaris and kandys, drawing his bow. Reverse: oblong punch. 2844: diameter 0.0155, weight 4.92 g (Robinson) / 4.93 g (Aydemir et al); 2845: diameter 0.016, weight 5.23 g (Robinson) / 5.24 g (Aydemir et al); 2846: diameter 0.0145, weight 5.20 g. “Medium” (Robinson)/ “good condition” (Aydemir et al).
Comments
The later Type II Achaemenid sigloi represented by these coins show the King in an aggressive, running pose with bow drawn at the ready. A coin of this type was used as a seal on a tablet from Persepolis, dated to 500 BC, showing that this type of coin was in use by that time (Root 1988).
Discussed
Kroll, “Coins of Sardis”
Bibliography
Cook 1958, 30, pl. 3a; Akurgal 1961, 151, fig. 106; Robinson 1958; Robinson 1960, 32 nos. 18-20; Aydemir et al. 1997, 24, nos. 18-20.
Author
NDC