The reverselegend commemorates Vonones' temporary victory over Artabanos, the king who would in time defeat him. Unlike most Parthian coins, the reversetype is not the usual seated archer and the king's personal name appears in the Greek legend.
GS57276. Silver drachm, Sellwood 60.5, Shore 329, SNG Cop 146 - 147, VF, toned, weight 3.626 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 0o, Ekbatana mint, c. 8 - 12 A.D.; obverse ΒΑΣΙΛΕΥΣ ΟΝΩΝΗΣ, diademed head left, medium tapering square cut beard, three diadem ties behind; reverse ΒΑΣΙΛΕΥΣ ΟΝΩΝΗΣ ΝΕΙΚΗΣΑΣ ΑΡΤΑΒΑΝΟΝ (King Vonones, conqueror of Artabanos), Nike standing right, extending palm frond in right, wreath in left, Ekbatana mint monogram below palm; $160.00 (€123.20) ON RESERVE
Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D.
In 166, the war with Parthia was successfully ended. The Parthians left Armenia and eastern Mesopotamia, which both become Roman protectorates.
RB63624. Orichalcumsestertius, RIC III 948, BMCRE IV 1318, Cohen 815, gF, weight 20.188 g, maximum diameter 31.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Dec 166 - Dec 167 A.D.; obverse M ANTONINVS AVG ARM PARTH MAX, laureate head right; reverseTR POT XXI IMP IIII COS III, Victory walking left, extending wreath in right, palm frond in left; $135.00 (€103.95)
Parthian Empire, Vologases IV, c. 147 - 191 A.D.
GS50133. Silver drachm, Sellwood 84.131, EF, rainbow toned, weight 3.835 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, die axis 0o, Ekbatana mint, obversebust left with beard tapering to a square cut, wearing tiara with ear-flaps, hooks on crest; reverse archer seated right holding bow, monogram below bow, blundered Greek legend forming a square around; $110.00 (€84.70)
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