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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Hellenistic Monarchies| > |Parthian Empire| > GS97887
Parthian Empire, Phraatakes, 2 B.C. - A.D. 4
|Parthian| |Empire|, |Parthian| |Empire,| |Phraatakes,| |2| |B.C.| |-| |A.D.| |4|, NEWPhraataces was the son of Phrates IV and Musa, a Roman slave girl given in exchange for the Roman legionary standards lost by Crassus at Carrhae in 53 B.C., Saxa in 40 B.C. and again by Marc Anthony in 36 B.C. After sending Phrates' other sons to Rome, Musa poisoned her husband, elevating her son as successor to the Parthian throne unopposed.

Struck about the time of Jesus' birth.
GS97887. Silver drachm, Sellwood 56.13, Shore 319, Sunrise Collection -, BMC Parthia -, SNG Cop -, VF, a little off center and uneven strike, light earthen deposits, Mithradatkart (near Askabad, Turkmenistan) mint, weight 3.712g, maximum diameter 18.2mm, die axis 0o, 2 B.C. - 4 A.D.; obverse diademed bust left with short pointed beard, spiral torque, wavy hair covering ear, three diadem ends; star over crescent left; Nike crowning king with wreath right; reverse seven-line blundered Greek inscription, beardless archer (Arsakes I) seated right on throne, wearing bashlyk and cloak, bow in extended right hand, TMΘ (mintmark) below bow, fire altar behind throne; from a Norwegian collection; $140.00 ON RESERVE











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