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Kingdom 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.
GS67164. Silver obol
, cf. Tyler-Smith
1; Alram IP
567; BMC Arabia
p. 218, 19; Sunrise
592, VF, toned
, tight flan
, die wear, tiny edge cracks, Persepolis (Fars Province, Iran) mint, weight
0.682g, maximum diameter
9.17mm, die axis
, 1st century B.C.; obverse
left, wearing diadem and Parthian-style tiara
on right, standing left, holding scepter
, facing flaming altar
on left; $36.00
Catalog current as of Tuesday, May 21, 2019.
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