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The coins below include some of the best examples from a large hoard.
Persis was located in what is now southern Iran. 'Persians' settled the area as early as the 8th century B.C. Alexander the Great took control of the area. After his death Persis became part of the Seleucid Kingdom. About 290 B.C. Persis regained independence. The coins produced during this period were Greek-inspired, but inscriptions were Aramaic, symbolic of Persis' rejection of the Greek ruling class. Sometime between c. 250 and 223 B.C., the Seleucids regained control. Mithradates II later incorporated Persis as a sub-kingdom of Parthia. Under Parthian domination, the coins and appearance of the kings depicted on them assumed the Parthian style. The last King of Persis, Artaxerxes, defeated the Parthians and founded the Sassinian empire.
Kingdom of Persis, Pakor I, c. 1 - 50 A.D.
SH06327. Silver hemidrachm, Alram IP 589, Choice aUNC, weight 1.94 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 0o, Persepolis (Fars Province, Iran) mint, 1 - 50 A.D.; obverse diademed bust left; reverse diademed bust left, Aramaic legend behind; SOLD
Kingdom of Persis, Darev II, c. 100 - 1 B.C.
SH06334. Silver drachm, Alram IP 564, Choice EF, weight 3.99 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 180o, Persepolis (Fars Province, Iran) mint, c. 100 - 1 B.C.; obverse bust right wearing Parthian tiara ornamented with a crescent; reverse king right of fire altar holding scepter, Aramaic legend around; SOLD
Kingdom of Persis, Manchihr III, c. 150 - 200 A.D.
SH01371. Silver hemidrachm, Alram IP 644, aEF, weight 1.45 g, maximum diameter 15.0 mm, die axis 45o, Persepolis (Fars Province, Iran) mint, c. 150 - 200 A.D.; obverse bust left in Parthian style tiara, Aramaic legend behind; reverse bust left wearing headdress, Aramaic legend around; minor flan crack; SOLD