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A Spectacular Persis Hoard

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, Manchihr III, c. 150 - 200 A.D.

|Kingdom| |of| |Persis|, |Kingdom| |of| |Persis,| |Manchihr| |III,| |c.| |150| |-| |200| |A.D.|, |drachm|
Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.
GS06321. Silver drachm, Alram IP 643, BMC Arabia p, 243, 2 and pl. XXXVII, SGICV 5967, gVF, weight 3.00 g, maximum diameter 22.0 mm, die axis 270o, Persepolis (Fars Province, Iran) mint, c. 150 - 200 A.D.; obverse Manucithr the king (Aramaic/Pehlvi legend behind), bearded bust left in Parthian style tiara adorned with rows of pellets and pellet in crescent; reverse Son of Manucithr the king (Aramaic/Pehlvi legend before and behind), smaller bust left of Mancithr II (his father) wearing diademed headdress with top bent forward and ornamented with row of pellets; Sear graded as "good VF, rare and attractive"; SOLD


Kingdom of Persis, Pakor I, c. 1 - 50 A.D.

|Kingdom| |of| |Persis|, |Kingdom| |of| |Persis,| |Pakor| |I,| |c.| |1| |-| |50| |A.D.|, |hemidrachm|
 
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, Darios (Darev) II, 1st Century B.C.

|Kingdom| |of| |Persis|, |Kingdom| |of| |Persis,| |Darios| |(Darev)| |II,| |1st| |Century| |B.C.|, |drachm|
Persis was located in what is now southern Iran. "Persians" settled the area as early as the 8th century B.C. From the time after its conquest by Alexander the Great, Persis was most often quasi-independent, under the hegemony of a Seleukid or Parthian king. Immediately following Alexander's death, Persis was subject to 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 Sassanian Empire.
SH06334. Silver drachm, Sunrise 590, Klose-Mseler 4/4, Alram 564, Tyler-Smith -, Choice EF, weight 3.99 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 180o, Persepolis (Fars Province, Iran) mint, 1st century B.C.; obverse bearded bust left, wearing diadem and Parthian-style tiara with three rows of pellets surrounding crescent; reverse Aramaic inscription: King Darev son of King Vadfradad, king on right, standing left, holding scepter, facing altar on left; SOLD







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