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View Categories Home > Catalog > Greek Coins > Hellenistic Monarchies > Kingdom of Persis > GS65699Kingdom of Persis, Darios (Darev) II, 1st Century B.C. 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.
GS65699. Silver hemidrachm, cf. Alram IP 565; Tyler-Smith 17; Sunrise 591; BMC Arabia p. 218, 16, F, toned, crude reverse, Persepolis (Fars Province, Iran) mint, weight 1.778g, maximum diameter 13.6mm, die axis 90o, 1st century B.C.; obverse bearded bust left, wearing diadem and Parthian-style tiara with one row of pellets and crescent; reverseking standing on right, standing left before altar on left, holding scepter; $50.00
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