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Parthian Empire, Pakoros II, c. 78 - 105 A.D.
Traditionally this king has been called Pakoros II (or Pacorus II); however, the latest research lists only one Parthian king named Pakoros. Beardless portraits on his earliest coins indicate Pakoros began his rule very young. After many years of civil war with many rivals, including Vologases II, Artabanus III and others, Pakoros eventually reclaimed the whole of the empire. According to Cassius Dio, he sold the kingdom of Osroene to Abgar VII, and according to Ammianus Marcellinus he enlarged the Parthian capital Ctesiphon and built its walls. He maintained close contact with the Dacian ruler Decebalus. In 101, Pacorus sent an embassy to the Han Dynasty of China. He disappeared from coinage around 105 A.D.
GS85451. Silver drachm
, SNP VII
868 (same obv.
397; BMC Parthian p. 195, 15 (notes one known with PK); Sunrise
-, aEF, bold strike, mild die rust, typical tight flan
, holed, Ecbatana (Hamedan, Iran) mint, weight
3.369g, maximum diameter
19.5mm, die axis
, c. 78 - 90 A.D.; obverse
left with short pointed straight beard, wearing earring, diadem with four bands, loop behind, three diadem ends, torque without visible end, PK in Aramaic upper right
archer (Arsakes I) seated right on throne, bow in extended right hand, cross
under legs, TA pellet monogram
under bow, squared seven-line blundered Greek legend
around; from the Robert
L3 Collection, extremely rare with the king's name abbreviated in Aramaic on the obverse
Catalog current as of Tuesday, January 23, 2018.
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