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Obverse of Persian 5000 Dinars
Obverse of Persian 5000 Dinars


Reverse of Persian 5000 Dinars
Reverse of Persian 5000 Dinars

Hakhamaneshi Silver Coins
We recently came across a cased set of three silver "coins" or pseudo coins. These were issued, according to the certificate / booklet which accompanies them, by IGN Inc, Investors Group of Nevada Corporation. Although numismatically speaking these as junk, they are nevertheless attractively engraved and produced. With a gold plating on fine silver, they look beautiful, and we could well understand anybody buying these coins for their beauty.
What amused us though, was a spelling error which was repeated in the booklet. The heading of page three reads:-
The First Declaration of Human Right
by Cyrus the Grate (539 B.C.)
Which we presume is supposed to say "Cyrus the Great"
The heading of page five repeats the error, making it clearly a spelling error rather than a typographical error:-
Cyrus the Grate's Charter of Freedom
on his Coronation Day (546 B.C.)
Again we presume this is supposed to say "Cyrus the Great's"

Relation of Vesta?
Hestia was the Greek goddess of the hearth, who became Vesta, the Roman goddess of the hearth. We cannot help but wondering whether Cyrus the Grate was related?
We felt compelled to share this piece of humour with you.

DenominationWeightFinenessSilver ContentDiameter
5 Hakhamaneshi40.1.9991.289239.15
1 Hakhamaneshi8.1.9990.260422.24
Half Hakhamaneshi4.5.9990.144719.91

Notes to Table
Denomination = Face Value in Mexican Pesos.
Weight = Weight in grams.
Fineness = Silver purity in parts per thousand. Silver Content = Fine silver content in troy ounces.
Diameter = Diameter in millimetres.

Prices & Availability
DescriptionAvailabilityPrice £Price $
Set of 3 CoinsYes£20$37.50

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Hakhamaneshi (Achaemenid) Empire One of the greatest empires known to mankind, it was founded by Cyrus the great & covered a vast area, from India to Egypt. It was a glorious period in the history of Iran, where art, music, & culture flourished, & order & security was evident throughout the country. Here is a chronology of the main events:
559-530 BC -- Cyrus the Great established the Persian Empire in 550 BC, the first world empire. His respect for local traditions, laws, languages, and religions set the foundation of a relatively benevolent empire.
539 BC -- Babylonia surrendered peacefully to Cyrus the Great. Welcomed as a liberator because of his compassionate policies, Cyrus freed the religious minorities, such as Jews, from captivity and assisted them to migrate to their homeland. He made his famous speech after this victory: "I am Cyrus, King of the World. When I entered Babylon, I did not allow anyone to terrorize the land. I kept in view the needs of its people and all its sanctuaries to promote their lives. I put an end to their misfortune".
522-486 BC -- The reign of Darius the Great marked the zenith of the Persian Empire. Upholding the tradition established by Cyrus, Darius valued the rights of all people under his rule. Darius' goal was to be a great lawgiver and organizer. He structured the empire under the satrap system (similar to national and local governments). He built many roads, ports, banking houses (the word "check" comes from Old Persian), elaborate underground irrigation systems and a canal to link the Nile to the Red Sea. He also introduced one of the earliest forms of common coinage in history, known as the Darik.
490-400 BC -- The Persian-Greek wars lasted for many years. Persian kings successfully played the Athenians and Spartans against each other to make military advances. The Persian influence over the two Greek city-states was such that the Persian King Artaxerxes II was asked to mediate between them. The famous battle of Marathon happened in this era.
550-334 BC -- The Persian Empire became the dominant world power for over two centuries. It made possible the first significant and continuous contact between East and West. It was the world's first religiously tolerant empire and consisted of a multitude of different languages, races, religions and cultures. Prior to the rise of the Roman Empire, it set a precedent for the importance of the rule of law, a powerful centralized army and an efficient and systematic state administration. However, the greatest legacy of the Persian Empire was that it demonstrated for the first time how diverse peoples can culturally flourish and economically prosper under one central government.
334 BC -- Alexander The Great invaded Persia & ended the Achaemenid dynasty. Many Persians were executedor taken prisoner. The great palace of Persepolis was partially destroyed.

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