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Elymais. Arsacid dynasty. Phraates (early-mid 2nd century A.D.)
van't Haaff 14.2.1-2A; De Morgan 37, 39; BMC plate XLI, 24; Sear GICV 5900; Alram --

AE drachm, 2.56 g., 14.01 mm. max., 0į

Obv: Bust facing forward, wearing tiara; to right, pellet in crescent above anchor with one crossbar at top; pellet border.

Rev: Eagle standing left, wings spread, talons facing downward; pellet border.

According to van't Haaff, the differentiating feature for Phraates' coins is the decoration of the tiara with one or two pellet-in-crescents. He notes that this feature is not always visible, and assigns to Phraates all coins with the eagle reverse type. He describes the bust in Type 14.2 as wearing tiara and dotted rim, one or two diadem bands below tiara with two pellet-in-crescents. None of these features are not visible on this coin, on which the bust appears to only be wearing a diadem.
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