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Kingdom of Persis, Second Unknown King, 1st Century A.D.
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.
GS63285. Silver diobol
, BMC Arabia
p. 227, 11; cf. Tyler-Smith
2, 220 -221 (obol
); Alram IP
), gVF, well centered
, uneven toning
, Persepolis (Fars Province, Iran) mint, weight
1.077g, maximum diameter
13.0mm, die axis
, End of 1st Century A.D.; obverse
bearded, draped bust
left, wearing turreted crown and diadem, hair with three rows of curls; reverse
diadem, formally presented with two ties laid across center; $45.00
Catalog current as of Sunday, May 19, 2019.
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