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ELYMAIS_van__t_Haaff_14_1_1-1C_var__(tiara)_Phraates.jpg
Elymais. Arsacid dynasty. Phraates (early-mid 2nd century A.D.)34 viewsvan't Haaff 14.1.1-1C var. (tiara); De Morgan 33; BMC plate XLI, 22; Sear GICV 5898; Alram 474-476

AE drachm, 3.64 g., 16.83 mm. max., 0

Obv: Bust facing forward, wearing tiara with two large pellets-in-crescent but without the border of the tiara, diadem band below tiara; to left, Greek legend ΦPA; to right, pellet in crescent above anchor with two crossbars at top; pellet border.

Rev: Artemis standing right, holding bow in one hand, plucking arrow from quiver with other hand, Greek legend BACIΛEVC on the left, ΠPAATHC (= Phraates) on the right (both reading inside-out).
1 commentsStkp11/23/18 at 08:12shanxi: unusually good Artemis
ELYMAIS_20_1_1-1A_Prince_B.jpg
Elymais. Arsacid dynasty. Prince B (3rd century A.D.)23 viewsvan't Haaff 20.1.1-1A; de Morgan 60; BMC plate XLII, 19-20, page 287, 4-6; Sear GICV 5920; Alram --

AE drachm, 3.01 g., 15.05 mm. max., 90

Obv: Bust facing left, wearing diadem of two bands, hair tuft on top of head tied with ribbons, its ends flowing behind, another hair tuft at back of head; to right, pellet-in-crescent above anchor; pellet border.

Rev: Athena standing right, holding spear in right hand, and shield in left; pellet border.

According to van't Haaff, the pellet-in-crescent and anchor are often off the flan, as in this coin.
1 commentsStkp10/23/18 at 16:29quadrans: Nice one
ELYMAIS_20_1_1-1B_Prince_B.jpg
Elymais. Arsacid dynasty. Prince B (3rd century A.D.)25 viewsvan't Haaff 20.1.1-1B; de Morgan 60; BMC plate XLII, 19-20, page 287, 4-6; Sear GICV 5920; Alram --

AE drachm, 2.69 g., 14.30 mm. max., 0

Obv: Bust facing left, wearing diadem of two bands, hair tuft on top of head tied with ribbons, its ends flowing behind, another hair tuft at back of head; to right, pellet-in-crescent above anchor; pellet border.

Rev: Athena standing facing forward, head left, holding spear in right hand, and shield in left; pellet border.
1 commentsStkp10/21/18 at 01:46EB: Beautiful obverse!
ELYMAIS_Unidentified_King.jpg
Elymais. Arsacid dynasty. Probably a contemporary regional counterfeit struck during the reign of Prince A (late 2nd to early 3rd centuries A.D.), or later.49 viewsvan't Haaff --; De Morgan --; BMC --; Sear GICV --; Alram --

AE unit (denomination undetermined), 2.51 g., 12.59 mm. max., 0

Obv.: Bust facing left, side whiskers as double row of dots.

Rev.: Plain diadem of two bands with fine lines, pellet border.

The obverse bust most closely resembles Prince A (late 2nd to early 3rd centuries A.D.), van't Haaff 19.1.1-1A, whereas the reverse mirrors Phraates (early-mid 2nd century A.D.), van't Haaff 14.4.1-2). Due to the decades between these rulers, the coin is probably not a mule. The coins of Phraates may have remained in circulation during the reign of Prince A, and beyond. The coin is probably a contemporary regional counterfeit inspired by the Phraates reverse. However, the diadem on the reverse is a reference to sky god Bel, and the possibility that the coin is an unrecorded official coin, issued by Prince A with the revived iconography of Phraates, cannot be excluded.

Attribution assistance courtesy of Pieter Anne van't Haaff (thanks to Robert L3), and Robert L3.
2 commentsStkp10/09/18 at 22:08Michael C8: The reverse is a match for BMC Arabia pl XLII coin...
ELYMAIS_19_1_var_Prince_A.jpg
Elymais. Arsacid dynasty. Prince A (late 2nd to early 3rd centuries A.D.)44 viewsvan't Haaff 19.1 var.; de Morgan 58-59; BMC plate XLII, 13-18, page 286, 18; Sear GICV 5918-5919; Alram --

Elymais. Arsacid dynasty. Prince A (late 2nd to early 3rd centuries A.D.)
AE drachm, 1.54 g., 11.01 mm. max., 0

Obv: Bust facing left, wearing diadem of two bands, row of dots above, side whiskers as double row of dots, hair tuft at back of head; to left anchor with at least one crossbar; pellet border.

Rev: Artemis standing right, holding bow in one hand, plucking arrow from her quiver with the other hand; pellet border.

According to van't Haaf, the varieties with a hair tuft are "always" accompanied by a dot or star in crescent above and an anchor to the right, although these symbols are often struck off the flan. This is an unrecorded variety in which the anchor is to the left.
2 commentsStkp09/30/18 at 15:06Robert L3: Great find - apparently unique. Well done!
ELYMAIS_19_1_var_Prince_A.jpg
Elymais. Arsacid dynasty. Prince A (late 2nd to early 3rd centuries A.D.)44 viewsvan't Haaff 19.1 var.; de Morgan 58-59; BMC plate XLII, 13-18, page 286, 18; Sear GICV 5918-5919; Alram --

Elymais. Arsacid dynasty. Prince A (late 2nd to early 3rd centuries A.D.)
AE drachm, 1.54 g., 11.01 mm. max., 0

Obv: Bust facing left, wearing diadem of two bands, row of dots above, side whiskers as double row of dots, hair tuft at back of head; to left anchor with at least one crossbar; pellet border.

Rev: Artemis standing right, holding bow in one hand, plucking arrow from her quiver with the other hand; pellet border.

According to van't Haaf, the varieties with a hair tuft are "always" accompanied by a dot or star in crescent above and an anchor to the right, although these symbols are often struck off the flan. This is an unrecorded variety in which the anchor is to the left.
2 commentsStkp09/30/18 at 14:02shanxi: nice example
ELYMAIS_19_1_1-1A_e-g_Prince_A.jpg
Elymais. Arsacid dynasty. Prince A (late 2nd to early 3rd centuries A.D.)23 viewsvan't Haaff 19.1.1-1A var. e-g; de Morgan 58-59; BMC plate XLII, 13-18, page 286, 18; Sear GICV 5918-5919; Alram --

AE drachm, 1.78 g., 12.50 mm. max., 0

Obv: Bust facing left, wearing diadem of two bands, row of dots above, side whiskers as double row of dots, hair tuft at back of head; to right anchor with one crossbar; pellet border.

Rev: Artemis standing right, holding bow in one hand, plucking arrow from her quiver with the other hand; two dots to her right; crescent to the left; pellet border.

According to van't Haaf, the varieties with a hair tuft are "always" accompanied by a dot or star in crescent above and an anchor to the right, although these symbols are often struck off the flan.
1 commentsStkp08/13/18 at 10:51quadrans: Interesting piece..
ELYMAIS_15_3_1-1_Osroes.jpg
Possibly Elymais. Arsacid dynasty. Osroes (1st quarter of 2nd century A.D.). Probably Parthia. Osroes I (109-129 A.D.).36 viewsvan't Haaff 15.3.1-1; de Morgan --; BMC -- Sear GICV --; Alram --

AE (Elymaean) obol or (Parthian) chalkous, 1.91 g., 12.22 mm. max., 0

Obv: Bust facing left, with long beard and hair dressed in Parthian fashion, with a large tuft behind the face extending to the back of the head, topped by a large tuft bound with a diadem, its tips streaming behind; pellet border.

Rev: Diademed female bust (Tyche, if a Parthian emission) right; possible traces of inscription (date) to right; no border.

Van't Haaff recognized that "the attribution of Type 15 coins has been controversial" and notes that de Morgan, Le Rider and Alram have posited that they are issues of Osroes I of Parthia. Hoover agrees with these scholars, "[d]espite their appearance in the French excavations of Susa." He notes a stylistic affinity between them and Sellwood Type 80. This coin apparently appeared in association with Elymaean bronze coins in a commercial hoard, and not in the French excavations referred to by Hoover. Bell retains these emissions in the Elymaean series, but questions whether there was a separate Elymaean king Osroes. Rezakhani tentatively concludes that the Elymaean and Parthian Osroes are in fact the same person.

Attribution assistance courtesy of Robert L3 (http://www.forumancientcoins.com/board/index.php?topic=112957.0;topicseen).
2 commentsStkp07/04/18 at 06:15quadrans: Great..
ELYMAIS_15_3_1-1_Osroes.jpg
Possibly Elymais. Arsacid dynasty. Osroes (1st quarter of 2nd century A.D.). Probably Parthia. Osroes I (109-129 A.D.).36 viewsvan't Haaff 15.3.1-1; de Morgan --; BMC -- Sear GICV --; Alram --

AE (Elymaean) obol or (Parthian) chalkous, 1.91 g., 12.22 mm. max., 0

Obv: Bust facing left, with long beard and hair dressed in Parthian fashion, with a large tuft behind the face extending to the back of the head, topped by a large tuft bound with a diadem, its tips streaming behind; pellet border.

Rev: Diademed female bust (Tyche, if a Parthian emission) right; possible traces of inscription (date) to right; no border.

Van't Haaff recognized that "the attribution of Type 15 coins has been controversial" and notes that de Morgan, Le Rider and Alram have posited that they are issues of Osroes I of Parthia. Hoover agrees with these scholars, "[d]espite their appearance in the French excavations of Susa." He notes a stylistic affinity between them and Sellwood Type 80. This coin apparently appeared in association with Elymaean bronze coins in a commercial hoard, and not in the French excavations referred to by Hoover. Bell retains these emissions in the Elymaean series, but questions whether there was a separate Elymaean king Osroes. Rezakhani tentatively concludes that the Elymaean and Parthian Osroes are in fact the same person.

Attribution assistance courtesy of Robert L3 (http://www.forumancientcoins.com/board/index.php?topic=112957.0;topicseen).
2 commentsStkp07/03/18 at 08:53Canaan: Interesting
ELYMAIS_17_1_1-2_Orodes_IV.jpg
Elymais. Arsacid dynasty. Orodes IV (ca. 2nd half of 2nd century A.D.)34 viewsvan't Haaff 17.1.1-2; de Morgan 52-53; BMC plate XLII, 5-6; Sear GICV 5912-5913; Alram 488-489

AE drachm, 2.44 g., 13.95 mm. max., 0

Obv: Bust facing left, wearing broad diadem band, with large hair tufts on top of and on side of head, flowing backward; to left anchor; pellet border.

Rev: Bust of female (Queen Ulfan) left, hair tied above, with long braid falling behind; to left incomplete Aramaic legend (wip'n = Ulfan); pellet border.
1 commentsStkp02/25/18 at 20:23Paul R3: Really nice coin!
ELYMAIS_21_1_1-2_var_Unidentified_King_left.jpg
Elymais. Arsacid dynasty. Unidentified King (uncertain dates)33 viewsvan't Haaff 21.2.1-1 var. (facing left and dots on reverse); de Morgan --; BMC plate XLII, 22-25 var.; Sear GICV --; Alram --

AE unit (denomination undetermined), 1.90 g., 10.89 mm. max., 0

Obv: Bust facing left, side whiskers, hair tuft at back of head

Rev: Upturned crescent with dot above and below, all within wreath

According to van't Haaf, too few of these coins are known to determine their denomination. Further, on the few coins that were then known, too little detail on the obverse remained to obtain a complete description, other than that the bust faces right. There are now sufficient examples from which to do so. This coin is unusual in that the bust faces left. Those that were then known have three dots below the crescent and none above. Yet the type appears to be more common with one dot above and another below.
2 commentsStkp02/18/18 at 10:19Paul R3: Nice find and great reverse.
ELYMAIS_21_1_1-2_var_Unidentified_King_left.jpg
Elymais. Arsacid dynasty. Unidentified King (uncertain dates)33 viewsvan't Haaff 21.2.1-1 var. (facing left and dots on reverse); de Morgan --; BMC plate XLII, 22-25 var.; Sear GICV --; Alram --

AE unit (denomination undetermined), 1.90 g., 10.89 mm. max., 0

Obv: Bust facing left, side whiskers, hair tuft at back of head

Rev: Upturned crescent with dot above and below, all within wreath

According to van't Haaf, too few of these coins are known to determine their denomination. Further, on the few coins that were then known, too little detail on the obverse remained to obtain a complete description, other than that the bust faces right. There are now sufficient examples from which to do so. This coin is unusual in that the bust faces left. Those that were then known have three dots below the crescent and none above. Yet the type appears to be more common with one dot above and another below.
2 commentsStkp02/17/18 at 17:28quadrans: Interesting piece..
ELYMAIS_Unidentified_King.jpg
Elymais. Arsacid dynasty. Probably a contemporary regional counterfeit struck during the reign of Prince A (late 2nd to early 3rd centuries A.D.), or later.49 viewsvan't Haaff --; De Morgan --; BMC --; Sear GICV --; Alram --

AE unit (denomination undetermined), 2.51 g., 12.59 mm. max., 0

Obv.: Bust facing left, side whiskers as double row of dots.

Rev.: Plain diadem of two bands with fine lines, pellet border.

The obverse bust most closely resembles Prince A (late 2nd to early 3rd centuries A.D.), van't Haaff 19.1.1-1A, whereas the reverse mirrors Phraates (early-mid 2nd century A.D.), van't Haaff 14.4.1-2). Due to the decades between these rulers, the coin is probably not a mule. The coins of Phraates may have remained in circulation during the reign of Prince A, and beyond. The coin is probably a contemporary regional counterfeit inspired by the Phraates reverse. However, the diadem on the reverse is a reference to sky god Bel, and the possibility that the coin is an unrecorded official coin, issued by Prince A with the revived iconography of Phraates, cannot be excluded.

Attribution assistance courtesy of Pieter Anne van't Haaff (thanks to Robert L3), and Robert L3.
2 commentsStkp01/25/18 at 10:42Robert L3: A wonderful find, unpublished and perhaps unique. ...
ELYMAIS_19_1_1-1A_Prince_A~0.jpg
Elymais. Arsacid dynasty. Prince A (late 2nd to early 3rd centuries A.D.)35 viewsvan't Haaff 19.1.1-1A; de Morgan 58-59; BMC plate XLII, 13-18, page 286, 18; Sear GICV 5918-5919; Alram --

AE drachm, 2.64 g., 15.19 mm. max., 0

Obv: Bust facing left, wearing diadem of two bands, row of dots above, side whiskers as double row of dots, hair tuft at back of head; to right anchor with one crossbar; pellet border.

Rev: Artemis standing right, holding bow in one hand, plucking arrow from her quiver with the other hand; two dots to her right; pellet border.

According to van't Haaf, the varieties with a hair tuft are "always" accompanied by a dot or star in crescent above and an anchor to the right, although these symbols are often struck off the flan. The crescent and anchor are present on this coin.
2 commentsStkp11/26/17 at 19:10quadrans: Great piece ..
ELYMAIS_19_1_1-1A_Prince_A~0.jpg
Elymais. Arsacid dynasty. Prince A (late 2nd to early 3rd centuries A.D.)35 viewsvan't Haaff 19.1.1-1A; de Morgan 58-59; BMC plate XLII, 13-18, page 286, 18; Sear GICV 5918-5919; Alram --

AE drachm, 2.64 g., 15.19 mm. max., 0

Obv: Bust facing left, wearing diadem of two bands, row of dots above, side whiskers as double row of dots, hair tuft at back of head; to right anchor with one crossbar; pellet border.

Rev: Artemis standing right, holding bow in one hand, plucking arrow from her quiver with the other hand; two dots to her right; pellet border.

According to van't Haaf, the varieties with a hair tuft are "always" accompanied by a dot or star in crescent above and an anchor to the right, although these symbols are often struck off the flan. The crescent and anchor are present on this coin.
2 commentsStkp11/26/17 at 16:09shanxi: nice example
ELYMAIS_17_2_1-1_Orodes_IV.jpg
Elymais. Arsacid dynasty. Orodes IV (ca. 2nd half of 2nd century A.D.)22 viewsvan't Haaff 17.2.1-1; de Morgan 54; BMC plate XLII, 2; Sear GICV 5914; Alram --

AE drachm, 3.11 g., 14.12 mm. max., 0

Obv: Bust facing forward, wearing diadem band, with large hair tuft on top and sides of head; pellet border.

Rev: Bust of Artemis facing left, wearing low tiara with crest of dots; to right, anchor with one crossbar on top; pellet border.
1 commentsStkp11/05/17 at 18:24Robert L3: Excellent example of the type. Congrats.
Elymais_14_1_1-2C_phraates.jpg
Elymais. Arsacid dynasty. Phraates (late 1st century to early 2nd century A.D.)22 viewsvan't Haaff 14.1.1-2C; De Morgan 33; BMC plate XLI, 22; Sear GICV 5898; Alram 474-476

AE drachm, 3.59 g., 15.42 mm. max., 0

Obv: Bust facing forward, wearing tiara with two pellets-in-crescent, diadem band below tiara; to left, Greek legend ΦPA; to right, pellet in crescent above anchor with one crossbar at top; pellet border.

Rev: Artemis standing right, holding bow in one hand, plucking arrow from quiver with other hand, Greek legend BACIΛEVC on the left, ΠPAATHC (= Phraates) on the right (both retrograde, reading outside-in).
1 commentsStkp10/08/17 at 10:06shanxi: nice example
ELYMAIS_19_1_1-1B_Prince_A.jpg
Elymais. Arsacid dynasty. Prince A (late 2nd to early 3rd centuries A.D.)23 viewsvan't Haaff 19.1.1-1B; de Morgan 58-59; BMC plate XLII, 13-18, page 286, 18; Sear GICV 5918-5919; Alram --

AE drachm, 1.30 g., 11.55 mm. max., 0

Obv: Bust facing left, wearing diadem of two bands, row of dots above, side whiskers of one row of dots, hair tuft at back of head; pellet border.

Rev: Artemis standing right, holding bow in one hand, plucking arrow from her quiver with the other hand; single dot to her right; pellet border.

According to van't Haaf, the varieties with a hair tuft are "always" accompanied by a dot or star in crescent above and an anchor to the right, although these symbols are often struck off the flan. These symbols are not present on this coin. Tracing the probable arc of the pellet border, there does not appear to be space in the off-flan fields to accommodate these symbols, or, for that matter, to accommodate a chin/beard.
1 commentsStkp10/07/17 at 21:09Robert L3: Very nice example of the type, better than most.
GRK_Elymais_SGICV_5895_Orodes_III.JPG
Elymais. Arsacid dynasty. Orodes III (2nd century A.D.)19 viewsvan't Haaff 16.3.2-1A; De Morgan 27; BMC plate XL, 1-5; Sear GICV 5895 (Orodes I); Alram --

AE drachm, 3.92 g., 13.51 mm. max., 0

Obv: Slender bust facing left, wearing tiara with anchor and dotted rim, diadem band below tiara, ribbon falling behind bust from dot; to right pellet within crescent above anchor with one crossbar at top; pellet border.

Rev: Anchor in field of regular parallel dashes; no border.
1 commentsStkp07/05/15 at 17:49Robert L3: Nice one. Always good to see more Elymaeans added...
 
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