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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Hellenistic Monarchies| > |Kingdom of Persis| > GS63312
Kingdom of Persis, Second Unknown King, AR Hemidrachm, 1st Century A.D.
|Kingdom| |of| |Persis|, |Kingdom| |of| |Persis,| |Second| |Unknown| |King,| |AR| |Hemidrachm,| |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.
GS63312. Silver hemidrachm, BMC Arabia, 237, 6; cf. Sunrise 646 (pellet in crescent); Alram IP 619 (same), VF, tight flan, earthen deposits, Persepolis (Fars Province, Iran) mint, weight 1.265g, maximum diameter 12.7mm, die axis 180o, 1st Century A.D.; obverse bearded bust left, wearing diadem and Parthian-style tiara with 2 rows of pellets enclosing cross above and within crescent with horns upward; reverse diadem, two ties laid across center, illiterate imitation of a legend around; $55.00 SALE |PRICE| $49.50










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