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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, 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|NEW
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; $220.00 SALE |PRICE| $198.00


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|NEW
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; $120.00 SALE |PRICE| $108.00


Kingdom of Elymais, Orodes III, 2nd Century A.D.

|Kingdom| |of| |Elymais|, |Kingdom| |of| |Elymais,| |Orodes| |III,| |2nd| |Century| |A.D.|, |drachm|NEW
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.
WA93626. Bronze drachm, vant Haaff 16.4.2-1B(a); BMC Arabia p. 276, 39; De Morgan 28; Alram IP -, Sunrise -, VF/F, crowded on a tight oval flan, porosity, earthen deposits, weight 2.714 g, maximum diameter 14.4 mm, 2nd century A.D.; obverse long bearded bust left wearing tiara ornamented with anchor; to right, pellet inside crescent above anchor with one crossbar; reverse field of parallel V shaped marks; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $45.00 SALE |PRICE| $40.00


Kingdom of Elymais, Orodes II, Early - Mid 2nd Century A.D.

|Kingdom| |of| |Elymais|, |Kingdom| |of| |Elymais,| |Orodes| |II,| |Early| |-| |Mid| |2nd| |Century| |A.D.|, |drachm|NEW
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.
WA93628. Bronze drachm, vant Haaff 13.3.2-2A; Alram IP 487 (Kamnaskires-Orodes); BMC Arabia p. 264, 17; Alarm IP -, VF, brown tone, tight flan, weight 3.738 g, maximum diameter 14.0 mm, obverse long bearded bust facing wearing diademed tiara with out crest, pellet within crescent above anchor with single crossbar on right; reverse dashes; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $45.00 SALE |PRICE| $40.00


Kingdom of Elymais, Phraates, Early - Mid 2nd Century A.D.

|Kingdom| |of| |Elymais|, |Kingdom| |of| |Elymais,| |Phraates,| |Early| |-| |Mid| |2nd| |Century| |A.D.|, |drachm|NEW
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.
WA93625. Bronze drachm, vant Haaff 14.7.2-1; BMC Arabia p. 274, 24 ff.; Alram IP -; Sunrise -, VF, edge cracks, spots of porosity/corrosion, weight 3.423 g, maximum diameter 15.2 mm, obverse long bearded bust left wearing tiara ornamented with pellet inside a crescent with horns up; to right, pellet in crescent above anchor; reverse field filled with parallel dashes; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $30.00 SALE |PRICE| $27.00


Kingdom of Elymais, Phraates, Early - Mid 2nd Century A.D.

|Kingdom| |of| |Elymais|, |Kingdom| |of| |Elymais,| |Phraates,| |Early| |-| |Mid| |2nd| |Century| |A.D.|, |drachm|NEW
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.
GB93627. Bronze drachm, vant Haaff 14.6.1-3b; BMC Arabia p. 272, 1 ff.; De Morgan 35; Alram IP 473; Sunrise -, aVF, centered on a ragged flan with edge splits, rough green and red patina, weight 3.228 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, die axis 0o, obverse ΦPA, bearded bust left wearing tiara with pellet in crescent; pellet inside crescent above anchor with one crossbar right; reverse BACIΛEVC ΠPAATHC (blundered), Artemis standing right, not radiate, drawing arrow from quiver with right hand, bow in left hand; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $28.00 SALE |PRICE| $25.00







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REFERENCES|

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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 Sleucides et Les Parthes, Les Trouvailles Montaires 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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