An interesting historical type commemorating the defeat of Parthia and the investiture of the puppet king Parthamastes by Trajan. His reign was short because the Roman army soon withdrew and Trajan died the following year.
RB68691. Orichalcumsestertius, SRCV II 3191, RIC II 667, BMCRE III 1046, aF, weak legends, weight 24.837 g, maximum diameter 34.1 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 116 A.D.; obverseIMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC PARTHICOP M TR PCOS VI P P, laureate and draped bust right, from behind; reverseREX PARTHIS DATVS (a king given to the Parthians), Trajan seated left on platform, placing diadem on head of kingParthamaspates, officer standing behind the emperor, Parthia kneeling in supplication before; scarce; $250.00 (€187.50)
Parthian Kingdom, Vardanes I, 40 - 45 A.D.
Vardanes I succeeded his father Artabanus III, but had to continually fight against his brother Gotarzes II to keep his throne. He once lost it to him temporarily. He also prepared for war against Rome, with the aim of reconquering Armenia, but ultimately decided against facing the legions. He was assassinated while hunting and Gotarzes II became King again.
GS66790. Billontetradrachm, cf. Sellwood 64.28-30 (various months); Shore 352 (month off flan); BMC Parthia p. 156, 23 - 29 (all month obscure or off flan), VF, porous, typical tight flan, weight 13.494 g, maximum diameter 27.0 mm, die axis 0o, Seleukeia on the Tigris mint, 44 - 45 A.D.; obverse bearded, diademed and cuirassedbust left, pointed short beard, ear covered, royal wart on brow; reverse BACIΛEWC BACIΛEWN APCAKOY EYEPΓATO ∆IKAIOY EΠIΦANOYC ΦIΛEΛΛHNOC, king enthroned left, receiving palm branch from Tyche, standing right, cornucopia in her left, ςNT (year 356) between heads, uncertain Parthian month in ex (off flan); $180.00 (€135.00)
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; $105.00 (€78.75)
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