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Kingdom of Elymais

Elymais was the biblical Elam and home of the magi. With its capitol at Susa, it was a small kingdom in what is now Iran and Kuwait. The Kingdom of Elymais struck coins from the middle of the 2nd century B.C. until their defeat by the Sasanians in 227 A.D.

Kingdom of Elymais, Tigraios, 138 - 132 B.C., Usurper in Susa

|Kingdom| |of| |Elymais|, |Kingdom| |of| |Elymais,| |Tigraios,| |138| |-| |132| |B.C.,| |Usurper| |in| |Susa||AE| |14|
Tigraios was a usurper in Susa during the brief period between the reigns of the Seleucid king Demetrius II and Mithradates I of Parthia.
SL94068. Bronze AE 14, Van't Haaff 5.5, Le Rider Suse 101, NGC VF, strike 4/5, surface 2/5 (6155614-003), weight 1.582 g, maximum diameter 13.9 mm, die axis 315o, Susa (Shush, Iran) mint, 138/7 - 133/2 B.C.; obverse helmeted head right; reverse eagle standing right, head right, wings open, BAΣIΛE (king) downward on right, TIΓPAIOY downward on left; NGC| Lookup; very rare; SOLD


Kingdom of Elymais, Uncertain King (Kamnaskires VI?), c. 1st Century A.D.

|Kingdom| |of| |Elymais|, |Kingdom| |of| |Elymais,| |Uncertain| |King| |(Kamnaskires| |VI?),| |c.| |1st| |Century| |A.D.||tetradrachm|
Elymais was the biblical Elam and home of the magi. With its capitol at Susa, it was a small kingdom in what is now Iran and Kuwait. The Kingdom of Elymais struck coins from the middle of the 2nd century B.C. until their defeat by the Sasanians in 227 A.D.
WA93624. Billon tetradrachm, vant Haaff (uncertain early Arsacid kings) 10.3.1-2A; Alram IP p. 146, taf. 15, NB1; BMC Arabia p. 250, 17; Le Rider Suse pl. LXXIII, 3 - 4, VF, debased metal, struck with a worn rev. die but less degenerated than many specimens (rev. dies were used until worn almost smooth), porosity/corrosion, edge flaw, weight 13.207 g, maximum diameter 30.0 mm, die axis 0o, Seleukeia ad Hedyphon (Ja Nishin, Iran) mint, c. 1st century A.D.; obverse diademed, draped bust of king left, torque around neck, wide fringe of hair below diadem, long beard, star (degenerated into a cross) in crescent over anchor behind, anchor with two cross bars and pellet to left of shaft; reverse crude diademed head left, squared blundered legend around; from the Errett Bishop Collection; SOLD


Kingdom of Elymais, Orodes V, Late 2nd - Early 3rd Century A.D.

|Kingdom| |of| |Elymais|, |Kingdom| |of| |Elymais,| |Orodes| |V,| |Late| |2nd| |-| |Early| |3rd| |Century| |A.D.||drachm|
Elymais was the biblical Elam and home of the magi. With its capitol at Susa, it was a small kingdom in what is now Iran and Kuwait. The Kingdom of Elymais struck coins from the middle of the 2nd century B.C. until their defeat by the Sasanians in 227 A.D.
WA93630. Bronze drachm, cf. vant Haaff 18.1-2A, Alram IP 490, Sunrise 491, VF, brown tone, buff earthen deposits, tight flan, edge cracks, weight 2.498 g, maximum diameter 14.1 mm, die axis 0o, obverse diademed and draped bust left, long beard, tuft of hair on top; reverse draped bust of Artemis left, wearing low tiara with crest of dots, earring and necklace; from the Errett Bishop Collection; SOLD










REFERENCES|

Alram, M. Iranisches Personennamenbuch: Nomina Propria Iranica In Nummis. Osterreichischen Akademie Der Wissenschaften. (Wien, 1986).
De Morgan, J. Monnaies orientales: numismatique de la Perse antique. (Paris, 1927-1933).
Hansman, J. "Coins and Mints of Ancient Elymais" in IRAN Journal of the British Institute of Persian Studies XXVIII (1990), pp. 1 - 12.
Hill, G. Catalogue of the Greek Coins in the British Museum: Arabia, Mesopotamia and Persia. (London, 1922).
Le Rider, G. Suse Sous les SÚleucides et Les Parthes, Les Trouvailles MonÚtaires et l 'Histoire de la Ville. (Paris, 1965).
Mitchiner, M. Oriental Coins: the Ancient and Classical World. (London, 1978).
Nelson, B. Numismatic Art of Persia. The Sunrise Collection, Part I: Ancient - 650 BC to AD 650. (Lancaster, PA, 2011).
Sear, D. Greek Imperial Coins and Their Values. (London, 1982).
van't Haaff, P. Catalogue of Elymaean Coinage, Ca. 147 B.C. - A.D. 228. (Lancaster, PA. 2007).

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