Achaemenid Empire, period of Xerxes I to Artaxerxes I, Gold Daric (8.36g, 15mm, Attic Gold Standard), Type III, Sardis mint, Lydia, circa 486-450BC. Obverse: The Great King or Hero of Persia facing to the right in a kneeling stance, draped in royal kidaris and kandys and armed with spear in right hand and bow in left. Reverse: Single oblong punch central. Sear-4677. Very attractive with a striking aurum colour, typical of the high purity gold struck to the Attic weight Standard, very well centred and of quite fine style for the middle 5th century BC period, details near Extremely Fine or better.