, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D.
The Roman–Parthian War of 161 - 166 was fought between the Roman and Parthian Empires over and Upper . In 166, the Romans made successful campaigns into lower and Media, and sacked Ctesiphon, the Parthian capital. The Romans were be victorious but the returning army brought back a pandemic known as the Antonine Plague. The plague significantly depopulated the entire Roman Empire.SH76376. Silver , 163a, 878, 406, 33, 4933, VF, excellent centering and bold strike, tiny edge cracks, 3.079 g, maximum 19.0 mm, 0o, Rome mint, summer - Dec 166 A.D.; M ANTONINVS AVG ARM PARTH MAX, laureate right; TR P XX IMP IIII , standing slightly left, right, frond vertical in right hand, inscribed set on tree in left hand; from the Scott Collection; $450.00 (€396.00)
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)
Parthian Empire, Vologases III, 111 - 146 A.D.
Vologases III claimed the throne near the end of the reign of Pacorus II. After Osroes' death he ruled most of . He had to cope with raiders and with usurpers in Iran, including Mithradates IV and Unknown III. His coinage is perhaps the most common of all the Parthian rulers, indicating a long rule and vibrant economy.
References for this are very specific regarding the archer's seat. The seat on 78.5 is a horizontal line, on 78.6 it is two dots, on 78.7 it resembles Π. This variety, 78.4, has no seat.GS71611. Silver , 78.4, 413, -, aEF, smaller than the dies as invariable for the , tiny edge cracks, contact marks, 3.712 g, maximum 19.8 mm, 0o, Ecbatana (Hamedan, Iran) mint, 111 - 146 A.D.; right with long pointed beard, three waves in hair, diadem three bands, loop and three ends, earring and wire necklet; archer seated right holding bow, below legs, AT dot below bow, no seat, seven line blundered Greek forming a square around; $135.00 (€118.80)
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