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ID:     77000261
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Greek
Region:     CARIA
City:     Achaemenid Period
Date Ruled:     Circa 350-334 BC
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Tetradrachm
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC circa 350-341
Weight:     14.21 g
Die Axis:     6 h
Obverse Description:     Persian king or hero in kneeling-running stance right, drawing bow
Reverse Description:     Persian satrap on horseback right, thrusting spear held in his right hand, left hand on rein
Primary Reference:     Konuk, Influences, Group 2
Reference2:     SNG Cop (Persian Empire) 290-291 var. (symbol on rev.)
Reference3:     TraitÉ II 128
Reference4:     Babelon, Perses 623 var. (symbols on obv.); Pixodarus 1-11
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=114684
Grade:     Good VF, toned, a few traces of porosity
Notes:     Sale: Triton XI, Lot: 261 Both dies engraved in the finest style for the type, displaying unusual detail in the facial features and musculature. The archer-horseman tetradrachms are one of the most enigmatic Persian coinages struck in Asia Minor prior to the invasion of Alexander the Great. Though various symbols and letters occur in the fields, no inscription exists to help us identify the issuer, mint, or purpose of issue. Konuk, however, identified two series, with and without subsidiary symbols on the reverse. Also, analysis of the Pixodarus Hoard has allowed the coinage to be dated from the decade beginning circa 350 BC. Additionally, as only the earlier, non-symbol, type is represented, Meadows concluded that the date of deposit of the Pixodarus hoard, 341 BC, served as a tentative divider between the two series.