Parthian Empire, Arsakes XVI, c. 78 - 61 B.C.
Arsakes XVI has only recently been added to the list of known Parthian kings on the coinage. This was previously attributed to Orodes I. From his coins, we know Arsakes XVI held the titles: (great), (son of a god), (benefactor), (god manifest), Philhellen (friend of the Greeks), and Eusebes (pius).SH72044. Silver ON RESERVE
, 30.16 (unknown II), 133 - 135 (Orodes I), 314 var (torque ends in sea-horse), VF, nice , broad , struck with a damaged die, contact marks, 4.177 g, maximum 21.0 mm, 0o, Rhagae (Ray, of Tehran, Iran) mint, c. 78 - 61 B.C.; diademed and draped left with short beard, hair covering ear, torque ends in single pellet, two diadem ends, wearing ornate mantle; beardless archer (Arsakes I) seated right on throne, wearing and cloak, bow in right, empty cloak sleeve ends in a pellet below seat level, squared five-lined around: BAΣIΛEΩΣ above, ME−ΓAΛOY downward on right, APΣAKOY upside down below, ΘEOΠATOPOΣ EYEPΓET in two lines downward on left; $200.00 (€176.00)
, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D.
This refers to Severus' victories over . Severus assumed the title "Parthicus ," greatest of Parthian conquerors.
RS77025. Silver , 176, 370, 256, cf. 6323 (TR P X , 202 A.D.), VF, attractive , , light , small edge cracks, 4.277 g, maximum 18.9 mm, 180o, Rome mint, 201 A.D.; SEVERVS AVG, laureate right; , of captured arms, flanked by two captives seated facing outward and wearing pointed caps; $155.00 (€136.40)
Parthian Empire, Orodes II, 57 - 38 B.C.
The severed of the Roman general Crassus was presented to Orodes II during a performance of Euripides' tragedy, The . It was used as a prop, carried by one of the actors in the play. In Rome it was said the poured molten gold into his mouth as a symbol of his thirst for wealth.WA72038. Silver , 45.21; 230; 366 var. (KP ); p.75, 51 (Orodes I); -, VF, , , some die wear, tiny defect outer left, 3.803 g, maximum 19.0 mm, 0o, Kangavar (Iran) mint, c. 55 - 44 B.C.; diademed left with short beard, torque ending with pellet, wavy hair covering ear, three diadem ends; BAΣIΛEΩΣ / BAΣIΛEΩN − APΣAKOY − EYEPΓET / ∆IKAIOY − EΠIΦANOYΣ − ΦIΛEΛΛHNOΣ, beardless archer (Arsakes I) seated right on throne, wearing and cloak, bow in extended right, K ( ) below bow, squared seven-line around; scarcer mint; $145.00 (€127.60)
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