The First Coin of the Persian Empire!
In 2017 NGC announced the discovery of a never before graded, unpublished “With Arrow” variety of the First Coin of the Persian Empire. Only 3 coins are graded, and news of the find sent shockwaves to the droves of ancient coin collectors who have long appreciated one of the world’s oldest gold coins ever made.
The arrow. It wasn’t just a weapon. Archery is an ancient art still practiced today; a way of life for centuries used to hunt and gather food and to protect and destroy empires.
Persian King Darius the Great (549-486 BCE) grew the empire into the largest in the world. His plans to destroy Greece died with him, and he named his son Xerxes I as his predecessor.
The AV Gold Daric, introduced by Darius himself, bears an image of a hero-king with a bow and arrow on the obverse, and an incuse punch on the reverse. These coins represent some of the earliest depictions of archery. It’s a remarkably important opportunity to own of the rarest examples of one of the World’s most desired ancient gold coins.