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The sculpture of the ancient Greeks is acknowledged supreme and, although the art has often been revived over the last two millennia, man has rarely equaled the splendid classic Greek forms. In circles of mere millimeters, ancient Greek coins contain most of the finest qualities of the sculpture, and a subtle record of the harmonies of line and form. Taken collectively, ancient Greek coinage chronicles the archaic origins, the rise to classical height, and the decay of ancient Greek art, and also explains the causes of that rise and decline. The numismatic record thoroughly documents the political, commercial, cultural, and economic history of the ancient Greek world.
|Thiswas minted in , Anatolia, while under Persian control, prior to Alexander the Great's conquest. The Persian or Empire (c. 550 - 330 B.C.) was the largest empire in ancient history extending across , and Europe, including Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, parts of , , and , much of the Black Sea coastal regions, Iraq, northern Saudi , Jordan, and Israel, Lebanon, , and much of ancient as far as .|